[kwlug-disc] BD net-capable players?
unsolicited at swiz.ca
Wed Nov 25 22:21:53 EST 2009
Sanity check please.
Was by Costco tonight, and saw at least 3 Blu-Ray players, an HP (I
think, now) and a couple LG. With ethernet ports. And HDMI out, 1080p
upscaling, etc., etc. Ranging, I think, from $160 - $180.
They have an ability to play YouTube videos and play content from USB
From a media center perspective ... why would I not buy one?
- I'm presuming if it has an ethernet port, I can read from a local
(Samba) file share.
- I'll break a media center PC down to 3 areas of functionality for
this message's purpose: (a) content capture, (b) content storage, (c)
(a) is problematic under any scenario (hardware/pc wise) for taking
HDMI in. Else, most any hardware will do. e.g. I have a USB Hauppauge
PVR2, so computer horsepower becomes almost irrelevant.
(b) well, is (b).
(c) is problematic on a PC in the sense of needing a certain amount of
horsepower for HD. e.g. The only way I'm going to get decent HD
performance off my computer to my HDTV is to upgrade my motherboard -
it seems until you get to a PCIe video card it's the video horsepower
that will prevent you from decent performance. And my motherboard has
no PCIe slots.
One of these units just takes (c) out of the picture making it
irrelevant. Much like a Popcorn Hour, LMCE, or Linksys MCE, type device.
(Note - I have yet to have a need to play a BD disk. Nor do I really
anticipate any immediate need to be able to play one. It's the net &
HDMI out ability that matters here.)
Am I thinking correctly here / what am I missing, as to "Why would I
not buy one?" (I suppose the other way is to replace my monitor and
poor HDTV with a single VERY LARGE monitor. For lots more $. The TV
will do 1080p, but there's no way I'm reading desktop icon labels on
it. Ick. Thus the monitor is still connected.)
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