I am very close to not renewing my Satellite subscription when it ends. This is because you can get almost any TV Show that you want from the internet. Once they are available on line you have a number of options available to you to get that media to your television.
- You can build or get a Media Center PC
- You can connect your non Media Center PC to your TV
- You can use a third party utility to stream Media to a device connected to your TV.
Of all of the options available I prefer method 3. Most people have a Playstation 3, Xbox 360, or a Nintendo Wii already connected to the TV. If this is the case why spend all the money on buying or building a Media Center PC. If you have that in your budget then more power to you and I am sure that you will enjoy having it. If you are like me, especially now, I do not want to spend that kind of cash on another computer. Option 2 is OK if you have a nice LCD TV but even then you might have to pay with overscan issues and that is just not fun. The last option is great. Imaging if you could stream all of your media to a device that you alread have and that you enjoy for other things as well. Lets talk about it.
I purchased a Sony Playstation 3 almost soley for this purpose. It has a great Media Center already and it has Blue Ray and you can play some great games on it. It is a bit pricey, but if you think about all it can do it is worht it if you use the features. You can certainly use an Xbox 360 for this but you then do not have the Blue ray player. A Wii will work as well, limited at the moment. In order to get the content that I want from the internet I do still have to have a computer but it does not need to be a powerhouse that a Media Center PC needs to be.
I use two applications right now in order to stream my Media. I think it woudl be great if the two would merge. Both have features that the other does not and all are very good features. PlayOn my MediaMall is the one that I use most and here is why. I can stream Netflix, Hulu, CBS, CNN, ESPN, and YouTube to my PS3. This software lets you log into your personal accounts and play things that are in your que without having to filter through all the muck. I LOVE it!!! Go get it Go Buy it and support a great application. They are always working on it and releasing new things and have some exciting improvements in the works. Hurry and get it for 29.99 during the Beta process. Too much longer and the price jumps to 39.99 and that is still a steal if you ask me.
The second product that I use is TVersity. This is also a media server application but this has a seperate set of features that I hope PlayOn will add in the future. This one is great because if you have media local you can share those folders and stream that media, be it video, music, or pictures, to your PS3. TVersity also allows you to add streams from other locations. I have added a few from another great site that all the geeks will want to check out called Revision 3. This has many different shows that have food content. Again check it ou. TVersity is FREE!!! You can not beat that… These guys also do an awsome job of adding features and with the newest release you can even stream Live TV Feeds from CNN and some other news sites. Live TV is awsome.
Well I hope that this will help you out if you are looking for some way to take advantage of your gaming system or other set top box. I use the PS3 but both applications support more than just the PS3. So if you have a Dlink media center or any oter set top box check it out and see if it works.
Thanks to all the developers of these two great applications. Once more content is added I can say goodbye to my Dish.