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    I have a ready NAS duo can't fault it

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    I've just bought a revue from amazon.com £96 inc import duty.

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    Is that the new Logitech Revue? The one with the latest Android OS and Marketplace? I can't imagine how Android would work on a HTPC...Good luck with it... I've heard that those boxes are kinda limited outside the US..

    I've been playing with XBMC on the weekend.. and managed to get BBCiplayer working on the box. Link : xbmc-iplayerv2 - XBMC Plugin for IPlayer - Google Project Hosting

    Also have live TV working on the box using TVCatchup.com. link : TVCatchup for XBMC - Never Miss A Show Again

    Now if Only I could get something like Sky+ but for TVCatchup.com Id be 100% sorted...

    As i've only been using this properly for about a day now(Sky Subscription run out on Friday) I am more than happy with it's results.. Will it stand the test of time? Maybe... It's a very hard transition to go from paid TV subscription with HD and record facility.. but I have to make some savings somewhere..

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    XBMC is lovely. They really need to recode the underlying system to be event driven, though, as the current game-loop architecture adds overhead that doesn't need to be there.

    I have an AMD Zacate (E350) system running XBMC under Windows7. I've set XBMC to load as the shell instead of Explorer, and auto-logon means that it boots straight into my media. If you're doing something like this from scratch it's probably worth looking at OpenELEC, which is kinda like XBMC-live but uses a custom linux build instead of Ubuntu. They have builds for different architectures (AMD Fusion included), and also have PVR functionality built in.

    OpenELEC - The living room PC for everyone

    You can run it off a flash drive, but when I did that I noticed freezes and other I/O performance issues (like scrolling through your library). Better to install it to HDD.

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    Has anyone compared XMBC with Boxee? As I understand it, Boxee is built on XMBC, but has more goodies.

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    No mention of this yet but I use PS3 Media Server on my Win 7 pc

    Decodes the vid on the fly so does need a fairly up to date machine, but it's very reliable and will stream movies,music(with Itunes library compatibility), and pictures straight to the PS3.
    I hoping to move this to a linux box solely for this purpose as the playback occasionally stutters if someone else is using the PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    Has anyone compared XMBC with Boxee? As I understand it, Boxee is built on XMBC, but has more goodies.
    I'm not sure whether Boxee still uses XBMC code, or if it forked off the project. It's pretty much XBMC with a social aspect. It also includes a lot of web content by default. Personally I prefer XBMC as I find Boxee too cluttered, though it has to be said it's more polished.

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    Been using XBMC for many many years. I have tested other like boxee but none hit the mark like xbmc. Get a remote for xbmc and a unit that supports hdmi out.

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    I have a nice little setup at home

    2 x Qnap 419x 6gb NAS devices
    1 x Lenovo htpc i5/ssd/4gb ram running windows 7 and xbmc/meedios
    1 x Pioneer 420-K Amp with HDMI
    1 x Logitech Harmony one remote
    5.1 x Vibe Home Theatre Speakers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepy View Post
    Is that the new Logitech Revue? The one with the latest Android OS and Marketplace? I can't imagine how Android would work on a HTPC...Good luck with it... I've heard that those boxes are kinda limited outside the US..
    There isn't a new one just an update to honeycomb for the old one in an update that's due any time now.

    I mainly want to use it to watch IP TV and some locally held media which I can do via DLNA for £100 it's a bit of a punt but we'll see.

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    I have a nice little setup at home

    2 x Qnap 419x 6gb NAS devices
    1 x Lenovo htpc i5/ssd/4gb ram running windows 7 and xbmc/meedios
    1 x Pioneer 420-K Amp with HDMI
    1 x Logitech Harmony one remote
    5.1 x Vibe Home Theatre Speakers

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    My sweet setup consists of:

    1 x Acer Aspire Revo (Acer Aspire Revo R3700 Nettop - Revo Nettops | Ebuyer.com)
    ---Running Windows 7 Home
    ---XMBC Software (XBMC) - Bit more tricky to get up and running compaired to Boxee but IMO, a lot better!

    1 x Netgear ReadyNAS Duo (Netgear RND2000 ReadyNAS Duo 2-Bay (no disks) NAS.. | Ebuyer.com)
    ---2 x Samsung 1TB HDD's (Wish I went for 2 though)

    1 x Netgear DGN3500 N-Range Wireless Router (Netgear DGN3500 Wireless-N Gigabit ADSL Modem Router | Ebuyer.com)

    All the above are connected by 1Gbps eithernet, so no playback lag, buffering etc.

    If you have an Adnroid phone or iPhone, get the XBMC remote control app. It's GREAT! You can browse your movies, music, TV shows, pics etc on your phone complete with poster art, list of actors etc and start them playing on the TV. And if you get a text message or phone call, it pops up on the TV too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    1 x Lenovo htpc i5/ssd/4gb ram running windows 7 and xbmc/meedios
    This is the first time I've heard of MeediOS. How does it compare to XBMC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fafster View Post
    This is the first time I've heard of MeediOS. How does it compare to XBMC?
    It isn't really ready for the prime time yet (Only alpha version is released and its under heavy development) but its biggest advantage is being able to have multiple libraries so you can have Movies/Kids Movies/Music DVDs separate. XBMC drives me crazy with its one size fits all library approach.
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