Suggestions wanted for a simple media center with streaming videos eg: hulu, netflix
Posted on 2009-02-16
My parents are looking for a home media center (they don't call it that, obviously!) - they have two televisions (upstairs and down) and they want to use hulu and instant netflix as well as watch live TV. They have cable TV, but are not serial watchers - a DVR is not required as they only watch live sports. They would also like to share their photos, and have iTunes accessible through the TV monitors
They have a couple of computers, but are not massive computer users. They have (for our purposes) no real budget limitations - but the solution has to be robust and easy to use.
I'm thinking a dedicated computer attached to each TV, andI was thinking of maybe a Playstation 3 with bluetooth keyboard would allow browsing and streaming of video - but on further reading this seems not completely hassle-free - I've read about PlayOn - it would rather negate the purpose to have to have another computer serving the content. I've also looked into the HP MediaServer - but read somewhere that it doesn't handle streaming videos.