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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 2007-01-23, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
 
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Media Center Extender Alternatives to XBox 360

Are there any alternatives to the XBox 360 as a media center extender for Windows Media Center/Vista Home Premium?

I really just want to be able to view pictures on my television stored on my PC and listen to .mp3's. I'm really not interested in the gaming capabilities of the XBox and was hoping to find something more purpose built for serving up .jpegs and mp3's and cheaper than an XBox.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 2007-01-23, 10:01 AM
 
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You can do this already with Windows Media Player 11 (or Zune software) and Windows XP.

You can share pictures, music, and WMV video files. It works great...Although i wish they had support for MPEG video files as well.

EDIT: Sorry, I guess I didn't read carefully enough, I thought you already had an XBOX 360. If you are looking for something to stream music and pictures to your TV, there are products available, but I'm not familiar with them since I use the 360 for this purpose

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 2007-01-23, 10:26 AM
 
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There are several devices on the market that will do this, most marketed as "Windows Media Connect" devices. That term has been retired now with WMP11 but it's the same technology. I discuss this technology and a couple devices in an older blog post here: http://www.thenears.com/archives/4

Finally, there is a new generation of extenders coming on the market probably at the end of summer that will be more appropriate to what you're looking for. Linksys has an interesting one on the way. See this link:
http://www.thenears.com/archives/188

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 2007-01-26, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks very much for the response pnear. Very informative.

I'm gonna try to hold off until the next generation of extenders. I think an XBox is simply going to prove too tempting and I'll be dropping wads of cash on games
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 2007-01-26, 03:48 AM
 
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If you don't want to drop the cash for a 360 an origional xbox modified with XBMC makes a even better full featured media center. Incredible piece of open source software.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 2007-01-30, 11:15 PM
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If you don't want to drop the cash for a 360 an origional xbox modified with XBMC makes a even better full featured media center. Incredible piece of open source software.
Indeed. An original XBOX running XBMC is pretty damn amazing. Plug it into your home network, connect it to your HDTV with the HD-AV kit, get the DVD IR remote add-on and you got yourself a pretty sweet media hub. I just got mine modded and love it.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 2007-02-06, 09:57 PM
 
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A simplier solution is just used a Digital media receiver. Essentially, these devices allow you to get your photos, music, video to your TV.

source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_media_receiver

Personally, I'm using slm5500 from philips since i find it very stable. I have also started a blog to share my experience.

http://ingtes.blogspot.com/
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 2007-02-07, 01:26 AM
 
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You could also just connect a video and audio cable from the PC to the A/V receiver and/or TV. MP3s sound great over a digital audio connection and video works well over component, RGB or DVI.
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