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[#] Mon Oct 08 2012 23:01:59 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I have thought about that. But we now live in a world of 7" tablets for under 99€, can't somebody fix an IR port to them and make a real stylish remote control app? 

Such apps exist, but they work by sending remote control signals into "Teh Cloud™" which then relays them back downstream to your set top box.  And it only costs $9.99 per month to be able to do that!

Of course, it's our own fault for being st00pid.  We should just put our racks of A/V equipment on the side of the room where we're actually sitting, leaving nothing on the other side except screens and speakers.  Then we wouldn't need remote controls.

[#] Tue Oct 09 2012 04:30:02 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Samsung remote requires an access fee?

[#] Fri Oct 12 2012 18:22:41 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yes, because you might use it to select a channel that's showing something with rounded corners, so you have to cover the Apple patent license.

[#] Fri Feb 15 2013 20:31:51 EST from generica @ Uncensored

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Netflix finally offers me enough value that I'd consider paying for it.
(streaming service)

[#] Mon Feb 18 2013 10:00:44 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Fri Feb 15 2013 08:31:51 PM EST from generica @ Uncensored
Netflix finally offers me enough value that I'd consider paying for it.
(streaming service)

I'm thinking of canning my subscription. The limited range of selection is starting to bug me a little.

[#] Thu Feb 21 2013 03:10:24 EST from generica @ Uncensored

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They have more than I have on my hard drive, and that's all I use right now (no cable). OTA HD works pretty well too.

[#] Fri Feb 22 2013 23:18:33 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Actually netflix has been improving their streaming offerings.

[#] Sat Feb 23 2013 17:33:41 EST from fireball @ Uncensored

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Well when they lost their contract with, Stars was it?  They lost a pretty good bit of content.

[#] Tue Feb 26 2013 03:47:34 EST from generica @ Uncensored

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The CA netflix streaming is wayyyy different than the US one, too, it turns out. Lots Less.

[#] Thu Apr 18 2013 20:32:25 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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So what's the most versatile internet-to-tv hookup these days? Roku? Apple handcuff TV? Google TV? Roll your own on a Pi?

[#] Fri Apr 19 2013 11:26:15 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Thu Apr 18 2013 20:32:25 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
So what's the most versatile internet-to-tv hookup these days? Roku? Apple handcuff TV? Google TV? Roll your own on a Pi?

XBMC is clearly the answer.

the newer pi with 512MB ram is probably a cheap and well explored option.

however, just booting a pi-bootimage on the cubieboard did not work. (which has 1g Ram but uses the same SOC - A10 all winner)

I didn't bother to look at the boot of the PI image (which works on one of the older PIs with 256 MBRam) via the serial console.

One main difference between pi and cubie board which might be pro-pi is that the pi also has a FBas chinch plug for elderly TV, the cubieboard just a HDMI port.

If you care, I could have a look at whats going wrong with the xbmc boot image on the cubie board.

[#] Sat Apr 20 2013 13:47:40 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I happen to have one of those "elderly" TV's ... a 32" CRT, standard definition.

I also have a 40" LCD with a 720p screen and an older computer built into it, and no, it doesn't seem to work with an external source. I wonder if XBMC can be made to boot on that.

[#] Sat Apr 20 2013 20:32:18 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I have a Roku. It's hackable, as I understand, although honestly, I don't watch enough television to make it worthwhile.

[#] Sat Apr 20 2013 20:33:31 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I have an Roku box also, but I canceled my netflix subscrition and stopped using it. I remember reading about
hacks for it.

[#] Sat Apr 20 2013 20:48:20 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Well, underneath its shiny surface, Linux lurks.

[#] Mon May 06 2013 22:06:12 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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All I really want is to play YouTube (and maybe my own local media) on the living room tv. If I want to pay for a movie I've already got access to PPV.

These days my attention span is too short for movies.

[#] Mon Jun 17 2013 18:53:47 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Almost everything comes with DLNA support these days, even my bluray player has it. It is slow and crappy, but that also goes for the youtube support on that box. So if you own a linux server (and that includes most NAS systems avaiable) you simply enable a DLNA server and all is golden.

[#] Sat Aug 24 2013 11:12:27 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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And of course, pretty much every smartphone can be a DLNA node as well. All I'm really missing is a receiver on my main screen (a glorious 32" standard definition CRT...)

[#] Sat Aug 24 2013 11:45:19 EDT from vince-q @ Cascade Lodge BBS

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Well, I've actually began to think the unthinkable: it is about time to consider replacing the speaker systems in my home theater.

Of course, this does not include my two Velodyne collectables - more about that later.

Currently the front-mains are Polk Monitor 10s; the front and rear effects are Polk Monitor 4s, and the center channel front -- just a run-of-the-mill Paradyne (which will be 'surviving the cut' in this round of speaker replacement).

Once the decision is made, the shopping/listening will begin, most likely in two locations: Chico CA and Sacramento CA. Unlike the Days of Olde in New Jersey, this locale is incredibly underserved in high-end audio, which is also another story for later.

How long will this take? If history is any predictor, about 2 years. Hell, it took me 18 months to settle on the last subwoofer (Velodyne side-firing 18" - very fast, *very* loud when needed) that serves the living room well. It is, of course, 'augmented' by the Velodyne ULD15 downfiring monster directly in back of the main listening position - that thing literally shakes the room, incredible during "those" movies and pipe-organ stuff. It is a "hits you in the gut" experience both for music and those moments when the movie wants to scare you into the next life. A marvelous piece of hardware about which I cannot say enough Good Things.

So why am I babbling about all of this?

Simple. I'd love it if this actually sparked a discussion on "what is out there right now" in terms of good speakers for reasonable cost. OK, so I'm being vague on that...

Good speakers: two main-channel speakers and four effects speakers (L and R front; L and R rear). Each must be absolutely rock solid in their ability to reproduce classical music, opera, rock, R&B, folk acoustic, jazz, films (BluRay, DVD, and HDTV) with impeccable clarity, dynamic range and frequency response. Efficiency is not overly critical since I have massive amounts of audio amplification to "throw at them."

Reasonable cost: for all six speakers, I'd consider anything up to ten grand to be reasonable, anything under 5 grand to not be worth the time unless it is an estate sale from a known audiophile, or a private offer to me from someone I know).

So let the discussion/debate/argument/flame-war begin!

[#] Wed Aug 28 2013 10:16:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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No takers? I was hoping to learn something :(

Although I'm interested in knowing the reason why such a high-end system is in need of replacement.