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Re: Building an HTPC vs a Media Server I bought an Xbox 360 250gb system for $199 on Boxing Day, which replaced an Asus OiPlay box. Between CinemaNow, Netflix or Xbox Video store, you can rent or buy any movie/tv show you want. Plus MSN Video, YouTube, Crackle, CNet video, Vevo and TMZ. IE10 too.
It doesn't stream .flv but the free YouTube downloader app for Windows 8 will convert that format to .mp4, which the Xbox will stream via Windows Media Center. My surround sound system doesn't have HDMI inputs, so I use the optical output from the Xbox for that, with 1080p HDMI to the TV.
Best value for the money, and it's a full fledged gaming system too. Plus no connectivity or setup issues on the homenet as Windows and Xbox get along just fine.
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said by eweazel:I got one of the first Model B's with 256M of ram. I started using Raspbmc and it seemed to have lots of problems.
I had a Raspberry PI, was one of the first ones to get one. But I found it very slow loading up my media files, and very slow to responding to key presses. So I ended up selling it and keeping the boxee box. It could have been a bad installation of xbmc that caused it, not sure.
Fast forward to a few months ago, I tried out Raspbmc again and they made enormous strides. They've worked out a lot of the bugs and performance issues. Not only that, they made the installers ridiculously easy for anyone to use.
That being said, if you don't care about things like a shared DB and want something that "just works", a Boxee Box is going to be a better solution.
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Except the XBox 360 requires a $5/mth subscription to Gold just to use Netflix, on top of your normal Netflix subscription. And it's not one of the better Netflix implementations. And the XBox's video output isn't really up to par. And it doesn't play BluRay.
I own both a 360 (slim, since my original RRoD'd) and a PS3. The 360 gets used for gaming. The PS3 for media playback. I used to use the 360 for DVDs, before I had the PS3. It was a... suboptimal experience.
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