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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 2008-10-20, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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What is next after HTPC?

Probably this
http://www.pcauthority.com.au/News/1...ed-bluray.aspx
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Highlights for the TViX HD M-6500 include:
- HDMI 1.3, Component, S-Video, Composite Video
- MKV, WMV, AVI, MPG, VOB, ISO, IFO, MP4
- MPEG1/2/4, AVI, XVID, WMV9, H.264
- 1080p
- DTS pass through
- USB port for plugging in media directly
- Optional digital TV tuner
Plays everything from ripped DVDs to DivX/Xvid footage, to MKV re-encodes of HD/BD movies to direct rips of BD.
Everything DRM-less, of course. Next step, they might bundle AnyDVD with the player.
Lossless audio could be an issue (not clear about HDMI 1.3)...
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 2008-10-20, 08:46 PM
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Looks good to me, but other tvix products are quite pricy.
This will be no exception: probably cheaper to use an HTPC.

Edit: saw the price there, $600.. pretty hefty.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 2008-10-20, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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It ain't cheap. Same (or close) as a full blown HTPC today.
But if you already have an HTPC and storage server, got a TV for the bedroom and an extender doesn't cut it (lots of HD on the server), this might be just what you need: quiet, remote-controlled, simple GUI, picks up from anywhere, plays everything...
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 2008-10-20, 11:05 PM
 
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For an extender like this you can't beat the price of the PopcourHour A110
http://www.popcornhour.com/onlinesto...0&category_id=

I have 2 of the A100's and they play everything I throw at them. If I ever jump on the BR band wagon I'll upgrade to the new A110 in a heartbeat. I say spend your money on storage/nas, get one of these and very happy.
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At that price, I'd sooner have a PC that can record HDTV (albeit from antenna or QAM cable), and/or actual Blu-ray discs.
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But it can't record HDTV from cable or satellite and that is a big problem - it makes the PVR functionality almost useless. Run SageTV on your HTPC with an HD-PVR and then use Sage extenders which costs US$200 (ouch - now C$260) and can play pretty much everything this can play.
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