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Old 07-19-2010, 09:58 AM   #1
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Who knows about the new TV extras

OK... I know that there are some people on the cutting edge when it comes to entertainment...

This weekend, I went to visit my friend who just bought a HDTV... he also bought a Blu-ray disk player with Wi-Fi... and a dongle that attaches to his TV that has Wi-Fi....

Now... He was using the blu-ray to play net-flix movies.. it also was playing some radio station... and looked like you could play You Tube videos.. it seems like it was a real nice setup...

Talking to him... I could not quite figure out which was the best way to go... he showed me running it through his TV dongle and then the blu-ray... it appeared that blu-ray had a better menu.... but I could not figue out what software etc. was in control...

SOOOOO, the question... does anybody have thid kind of set up If so, what are you using to get this... I would think that paying $9 per month to NetFlix so I can download any movie they have at any time is a great deal... but want to have flexibility if at all possible...
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:17 AM   #2
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Blu-Ray player with network attachment (wired, not wireless). It plays Netflix, Pandora (internet radio station thingy), and You-Tube (and Blockbuster, I think). Netflix streams well, hardly any hiccups with that.

No idea what the TV dongle does, so I can't speak to that.
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No idea what the TV dongle does, so I can't speak to that.
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A dongle is a small piece of hardware that connects to a laptop or desktop computer for the purpose of copy protection or authentication of software to be used on that system.
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I'm just thrilled that I have my cable box and tv working off the same remote...
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:54 AM   #5
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OK... I know that there are some people on the cutting edge when it comes to entertainment...
My go-to websites for this data are:

http://www.hometheater.com/

and

AfterDawn.com (specifically - AfterDawn.com: Guides)

and

http://www.networkingaudiovideo.com/
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:07 PM   #6
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In general, there are a lot of ways to watch netflix downloaded movies. Just remember, what they have available for download ( "instant viewing" actually - it is streamed, you can't DL and watch later w/o an Internet connection, or at least not w/o some techno-tricks) is a subset of what you can order by mail.

You can watch Netflix Instant Viewing on most computers (Windows, Intel Macs, nothing for Linux as of yet, I think), also on a Wii box (netflix will provide a disc to do this, NC), or an X-box - many Blu-Ray players incorporate the feature:

Netflix: Rent as many movies as you want for only $8.99 a month! Free Trial

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[old fuddy-duddy mode] Good heavens, what would any human being DO with all those entertainment options? There is so much that I want to do in retirement that I am never caught up. I don't even have time for what I've got with bare bones cable and I haven't watched a DVD or listened to the radio in my house since I retired.[/old fuddy-duddy mode]
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I have a little media player called "WD TV Live". It's about the size of a 1 lb block of cheese.

It plays media files from my networked computers, from an attached usb hard drive and/or memory stick, and it also plays youtube vids (among other stuff). No netflix on the model I have, but I think the latest version of WDTV Live devices can play netflix movies. The unit costs ~$100. Plays full 1080p and looks good. The device has its own remote and graphical user interface to let you navigate your media sources.
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[old fuddy-duddy mode] Good heavens, what would any human being DO with all those entertainment options? There is so much that I want to do in retirement that I am never caught up. I don't even have time for what I've got with bare bones cable and I haven't watched a DVD or listened to the radio in my house since I retired.[/old fuddy-duddy mode]
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My new HDTV has a built in wireless adapter and a bunch of widgets. It has a Netflix widget, which I use all the time for watching streaming video from Netflix. Works great!

Each device will implement their Netflix streaming a bit different, with different menus, etc. So try a few to see which looks good to you, and is fast.
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The Wii connection works really well for us. I ain't upgrading my 10 YO TV until it craps out or we move, so its nice to use a workaround that is pretty seamless.
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It's very easy to connect your pc to the tv. I watch netflix, dvd's, etc.
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It's very easy to connect your pc to the tv. I watch netflix, dvd's, etc.
With the right (and, I might add, abundant) equipment, I find it easy but... not simple.

How have you done it?
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I attached my Win7 PC to my TV. Can do it with a HDMI cable if you video card has HDMI out and your TV has HDMI in.

My vid card doesn't, so I used the DVI connection with an additional connection for audio. Then use Media Center with a remote to do DVR type functions. Wireless keyboard for surfing on the big screen.
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I use two cables to connect them. A $6 vga to vga cable and a $2 rca to mini stereo cable that plugs into the headphone insert on the pc. If you want to use the audio from the pc you don't need the rca cable. Switch your tv to the pc mode and change the display setting on your computer to clone your desktop. Get the cables from My Cable Mart. Very reasonable compared to the big box stores.
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That's one of the reasons why I don't have time for DVD's!! Too interested in the books I've been reading, and in other interests I have been pursuing in retirement. And to me, tying up my Wii (which has so many active/reactive entertainment options) with more passive entertainment options is a waste of its potential.
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We've got the Samsung Blu Ray player that does all that stuff, but I mostly just use it for DVDs. I do the streaming to my PC, and haven't gotten into Pandora yet, although I'm thinking about it. The dongle is merely a wireless receiver for the DVD player so you don't have to hook up ethernet to it. Not that high tech, just depends on how much time you waste spend watching TV and such.
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That's one of the reasons why I don't have time for DVD's!! Too interested in the books I've been reading, and in other interests I have been pursuing in retirement. And to me, tying up my Wii (which has so many active/reactive entertainment options) with more passive entertainment options is a waste of its potential.
Maybe, but you can't pull the "old fuddy-duddy" excuse with that one!

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SOOOOO, the question... does anybody have thid kind of set up If so, what are you using to get this... I would think that paying $9 per month to NetFlix so I can download any movie they have at any time is a great deal... but want to have flexibility if at all possible...
BTW, just caught this part on a re-read. If you are talking about their streaming capability, it doesn't include all their movies. It works for me because I have very juvenile and off-center taste in entertainment. But the list of streaming movies is getting better, and they have a pretty decent collection of TV series you can stream and watch. But it seldom includes new, well received movies. And for some reaason, even a lot of older movies aren't available for downloading.

Currently I've got the Toxic Avenger 1 & 2 lined up for streaming.
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WTH is a TV dongle? Is it for viewing the Playboy channel?
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