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I didn't have time to type much earlier but I have a boxee box and love it. Not sure about the other players but the main feature I like is that it tracks what you have watched and greys out the files. This is very useful when you have a whole season of a tv show by the time you are in the middle you don't remember if the last episode you watched was 13, 14, or 15. It also remembers if you stop in the middle of an episode and want to resume it later on. Plus there are a ton of apps for it, i've been pretty hooked on watching the TED talks.
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I'm in the same boat as you, the best outside of a dedicated HTPC has been my 10 year-old modded Xbox running XBMC.

The WDTV Live is absolutely terrible for network sharing. It's laggy, it locks up, randomly chooses to not recognize network shares, etc. The worst is if you're half-way through a video and it crashes. The only way to get 30 minutes in is by fast-forwarding to that point. Surprisingly not terrible playing from USB devices.

I bought a Roku 2 XS earlier last month and it does not do out-of-the-box Windows network streaming. There's an app, but you have to do a decent amount of leg-work on your computers end for it to work well. I haven't put forth that effort, but otherwise, the Roku is 100x better in terms of usability than the WDTV.

Next purchase is probably a Boxee Box and if that fails, HTPC.
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If you can live with a 720p output, an AppleTV 2 jailbroken running XBMC.
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Will trade testicle for standard ol' windows file sharing support.

See if you can't find a used Asus EB-1012 - It's a low power htpc no bigger than 2 dvd covers, and uses 35 watts (Intel atom / nVidia ION) - Should do everything you want and more



1080p playback, hdmi, e-sata, usb3, wifi - Comes with win7 and are around 500 from new, and not exactly new anymore, so you might get lucky
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So I did a lot of reading yesterday and basically the conclusion was "there is no media streaming device that does not have huge flaws." You pick the flaws you can live with and thats the additional "price" you pay for a $100-200 box.

This Silverstone case with a 3.3ghz i3+mobo+ram is under $400. Have enough spare parts to finish it out. I assume sandy bridge IGP is fine for playback but I have a spare 8800GTS laying around.

Not exactly the bestest of form factors but it gives me a lot of flexibility and it won't go obsolete/unsupported in two years time. Guessing I could even game with that thing at 1280x720.
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I have the original WDTV and it cannot play most of my MKV files due to header compression. I was told the new WDTV Live fixes this, but I'm not sure? I was also looking at the Logitech Revue, but again I don't know if it has a compression issue or if you can plug in a 500gb hard drive at all to it?

I used to try to stream on my xbox, but I'd get too much buffering and shit, so I went to a physical hard drive I walk from my room to my living room, 10 feet.
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Yeah there was firmware fix for the first gen. WDTV Live that took care of the MKV header issue.

Using a 32GB USB drive right now to shuttle content Its a couple movies and a couple TV shows. I could buy another drive dock (for the wdtv) but that defeats the purpose of a media streamer
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I assume sandy bridge IGP is fine for playback but I have a spare 8800GTS laying around.

I don't think the 8800GTS accelerates HD content. I'd stick to the Sandy Bridge IGP and enjoy the lower power consumption/noise.

I have a WDTV Live Plus and it works well for my needs. Integrates well with my unRAID server, which was a surprise.
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Yep I've decided I'd rather have a couple hundred bucks in my pocket rather than a htpc. I'll probably pick up another HDD dock and be completely ghetto Or wait for a wdtv live streaming on sale at amazon so if I don't like it I can return it with zero effort.
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Yeah there was firmware fix for the first gen. WDTV Live that took care of the MKV header issue.

Using a 32GB USB drive right now to shuttle content Its a couple movies and a couple TV shows. I could buy another drive dock (for the wdtv) but that defeats the purpose of a media streamer

There is no firmware fix for the header issues on the original WDTV though I have the latest firmware.
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So I found some 2.5" HDD enclosure I probably got FAR a couple years ago. Plugged a 500GB drive in. Miraculously, the WDTV can power it with only a single USB plug. Even more miraculously, I can see the drive from my PC as a normal network share Its 100Mbps but at least I can be lazy and copy stuff from PC to player without doing the thumbdrive shuffle. 15 minutes to copy a movie, 5 for a TV show. Better than spending $$$.
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