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Replacing an old xbox

December 27th, 2008 · 3 Comments · tech

As many of you know, I have a first generation xbox as my main media box. I have Avalaunch and Xbox Media Center installed on it. It is getting pretty old and I want to upgraded it. I can’t play anything HD on my 47 inch plasma TV and that bothers me.

I want to upgrade to something that will play movie files from either a CIFS share. I don’t really want the thing to have a local hard drive, and if it does, I would like it to be solid state. Like a SD card or something similar. I don’t want to build it myself, mostly cause I am lazy and don’t want to have to fiddle with it.

I was thinking about canceling my cable, so I don’t really care about DVR/PVR.

I was looking at the Roku but I don’t know anyone out there that has played with one. Also, I don’t currently have netflix.

Any body have any ideas for me ?

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3 Comments so far ↓

  • Donny

    Mac Mini + XBMC (Plex is the fork that has even more OS X enhancements) = win? Everywhere I’ve seen says that the Mini’ll play 720p no problem, and even 1080p for the most part. I hear they might get a refresh this month @ MacWorld, so it might be something to keep an eye out for.

    I’ve also heard that you can hax AppleTV boxes, but I don’t know anything about that.

  • jay

    I just signed up for boxee and hulu and word is that boxee runs almost anywhere.

    Personally I’m thinking an AppleTV’s not a bad investment. They’re low $200′s and you can crack them easily w/ a USB stick and ‘viola. I hear they only do 720p though…

    My other route (which I haven’t messed with the media side yet) is a PS3, which gets you BlueRay and a serious game machine and I’m pretty sure plays from CIFS shares, etc.

  • Victor Estrada

    A ps3 with a buffalo linkstation has will play all sorts of files using DLNA server built into the NAS. The NAS itself can be setup with CIFS shares

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