Streaming multimedia content to your television...a quick overview of existing solutions...

PriceTypeAdvantagesDrawbacks
50€-150€A dedicated divx player devices


Ex: Kiss-technologie, or some low-end dvd player
  • Small
  • Cheap
  • Easy to install
  • If You have no computer in house (is it possible?), a good way to
    have your first contact with multimedia computer format.
  • You MUST burn all content (divx, mp3 ...) to a CDR/CDRW: slow and really a pain
  • Codecs update are slow and/or depending on the company
  • Impossible or difficult to add peripheral
150-299€A computer hybrid and some external mass storage


Ex: Pinnacle Showcenter 1000g
  • Small
  • Easy to install
  • Need a local network
  • Impossible or difficult to add peripheral
  • Codecs update are slow and/or depending on the company
200€Detourning a device




Ex
: a XBOX + modchips + XBMC
  • Very good support of open source format: OGG, XVID, MP3 read here
  • Open source
  • Internal multi-purpose mass storage (8Gb to 300Gb)
  • NO Digital Right Management (DRM)
  • Support major network protocols (FTP, NFS,Samba) to access media stream
  • not very easy to install, configure
  • ** Network attached storage :Optionnal but recommended
400€A computer hybrid high-end device





Ex: The Dreambox DM7000 from Dream-Multimedia-Tv
  • Very good support of open source format: OGG, XVID, MP3
  • Open source: Linux
  • Internal multi-purpose mass storage (8Gb to 300Gb)
  • Add peripheral is easy
  • Internall multi-purpose mass storage
  • NO Digital Right Management (DRM)
  • Support major network protocols (FTP, NFS,Samba) to access media stream
  • It use cheap PC peripherical: CDRW, DVDRW, Harddisk
  • not very easy to install, configure
2000€Consumer product for the mass



Ex
:M$ Media Center 2005, Frequently Asked Questions is here
  • Add peripheral is easy
  • Internal multi-purpose mass storage
  • It is a customized windows XP behind,
  • It is a regular PC, with cheap peripherical: CDRW, DVDRW, Harddisk
  • Browser integrated
  • Crippled with Digital Right Management (DRM)
  • Expensive
  • Limited support of open source format: OGG, XVID, MP3
  • Access media stream only to others media center or aproved M$ site

DRM what is it? read more at wikipedia

** Need a local network: is needed to interconnect the device with a mass storage medium (harddisk or external DVD reader).

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