View Full Version : Advice Needed: Streaming Media to a TV from my PC

11-09-2009, 05:40 AM
Hi all

I want to finally get around to setting up my PC to stream media to my TV.

At this time I don't want to go the NAS route, so just a box that streams, is decent quality, has a good menu system and will work with SCART (yuk!) (TV is kinda old, no HDMI or anything).

What do people recommend?

Thanks in advance

11-09-2009, 05:57 AM
1. Western Digital WD TV

2. If you have a pc with windows media center edition in it and an xbox you could wirelessly stream media that way

3. Build a Silent, Standalone XBMC Media Center On the Cheap

11-09-2009, 06:25 AM
1. Western Digital WD TV


Saw that one, well actually, the Live version (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=735) which looks to be what I need.

I guess I can just buy a composite video to SCART converter, will lose some quality, but I can live with that.

11-09-2009, 06:53 AM
will work with SCART (yuk!) (TV is kinda old, no HDMI or anything).

What do people recommend?

Thanks in advance

Could be worse it could be S-Video :D

Firstly go to Tesco and buy a 32 inch HDTV with HDMI for 300 gpb ,thats where I got mine and its beast for the price "DUAL" its called .

if you have xbox 360 you can stream via that method ,or a PS3 you can install mythbuntu and run it that way .

or the cheapest method which I found out to be was .

HDMI Projector 250 GBP (Fleebay)
comes with everyport under the sun including RF tuner not the best but its decent enough to watch movies better than scart :)

Mounted onto a shelf is a homebrew basic pc"old one from my work" , good enough to browse the net and play very basic games .
thats my dvd player and media centre .


11-09-2009, 07:28 AM
A couple of months ago, I decided it was time to purchase of a bluray player to feed my HD projector. I settled on an LG BD390 for under $300. I chose it because it had live streaming and could take feeds from my wireless router located in another room. The player has a menu that can access Netflix, YouTube, Cinema Now, VuDu and my computer. All I have to do is select the films I want to see through the various providers, turn on the player, select the film I want to screen and push "play." Although I live in the country and don't have the fastest hookup, the quality of the stream on my 7' screen is close to DVD quality and without glitches. The other advantage is that I can screen bluray disks. The unit also finds and installs updates (I got one yesterday) as long as my router is on. Great unit!

11-12-2009, 02:39 PM
Well, I went for the Western Digital WDTV Live.

All I can say is, this thing is awesome!

For the money it does a REALLY good job! I have an old TV, so am hooking it up via the composite video, and I must say, it looks pretty good!

It supports a ton of formats (even played some MPEG2 files perfectly smooth that Windows Media Player struggled with!)

The YouTube support is also VERY well done, you can even login to your own account!

I had some initial issues getting it to network with Windows 7, because I was trying to get access via Network Shares, which it doesn't support as yet. But setting up my PC as a Media Server worked just fine.

I also had to turn off my ESET Smart Security filewall as that was blocking access (I need to figure out how to add it, ESET has a ton of options).

I should point out that it found the internet with zero setup.

You can also update the firmware using the net too, which is nice.

The only issue with setting it up as Media Server is that the Thumbnail support doesn't work (not sure if that's Windows or a firmware update needed).

But the WDTV Live browser generates icons of the movies anyway, so not a huge deal.

So far, I can't fault it, for 100 it's better than I expected!

11-12-2009, 02:59 PM
If you have your XBox or PS3 hooked up, you could go for XBMC (http://xbmc.org/) (XBox) or PS3 Media server (http://ps3mediaserver.blogspot.com/) (PS3...obviously).

XBMC only requiers you to install it on the XBox and then you make sure you share some folders on the PC and off you go. PS3 Media server is something you install on your PC and the PS3 will then automagicaly detect your PC as a mediaserver. It also does transcoding etc so no need for anything to be installed on the PS3.

11-12-2009, 05:50 PM
I don't own either console!