Best Media Streamers 2011

2011 is a year that marks the beginning of the change in how we consume media…movies, music, photos from hard copies onto streaming, streaming and more streaming. Whether we stream from Netflix or Pandora or from our own servers (where we ripped our own legally purchased movies), having everything at a touch of the button is more than simply convenience. As this site is dedicated to media streamers, we will compile a top 10 list containing the 10 best media streamers currently available on the market based on their advertised capabilities. Among the most important factors to be taken into account are DLNA support, internet clients, supported video formats and so on. We’ll try to list the best DLNA media player, best 1080p media player, best internet media streamer and the big prize will go to the best media streamer overall. I will also include a comparison table. Let the battle begin!
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Noah Company MediaGate MG-M2TVD Digital Media Player HDMI Full 1080P with DTS 2.0 Digital Audio Out

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Ever wanted to relive those key family vacation recordings in the comfort of your living room? How about listen to your favorite music, while viewing through a slideshow of your latest digital photos? All of that can be now done with the new MediaGate M²TVMedia Player, Media 2 TV never made easier! Scalability, portability and flexibility, all in [Read More]


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HV256T-00502 2.5-Inch Media Player + 500GB HDD

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This device is specially designed as a dual-use stand-alone media player. When attached to a PC, it operates as a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Serial ATA external hard disk drive, with a large capacity of data storage. When attached to an AV device, this device lets you browse and play back your entire media library directly to your TV or Home Theater! This de[Read More]


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ESPN, Netflix search option comes in November to XBOX 360

Roku as the first to feature a Netflix search option in its box, but Microsoft is close behind. Starting in November, an update to XBOX 360 software will bring Netflix search capabilities to XBOX 360. Combined with the new ESPN 3 service for XBOX 360 recently announced during E3 2010, the XBOX is slowly becoming an important player in the media streaming market. Microsoft also announced today the availability of a new slim piano-black XBOX 360, “whisper quiet” that should be better adapted to our media rooms. The new slim XBOX 360 version adds a larger 250GB hard-drive and integrated WiFi-n.

Western Digital WD TV Live Plus HD Media Player WDBABX0000NBK-NESN

The latest generation product, the WD TV Live Plus , adds services such as YouTube, Flickr, and Pandora and most important, a Netflix client which is a must have today as mp3 support was a number of years ago. Among other worth mentioning features, WD TV Live Plus adds support for DVD ISO images including DVD menu structure, wireless mice and wireless keyboards for fast text entry.

The box itself is very small and the power consumption minimal, making it an ideal candidate to replace your Home Theater PC. It supports the most CODECs in industry and, hardware wise it includes a HDMI port, S/PDIF, component and composite ports.

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Play media from your home network and the Internet on your big screen TV. Plus, enjoy access to your Netflix unlimited membership and other premium content. Don’t confine your movies, music, and photos to your small computer screen. Experience them as big as life on your TV in Full-HD 1080p with WD TV Live Plus HD media player.


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Zotac MAG Intel Atom N330, NVIDIA ION, 2 GB DDR2, 160 GB HD, eSATA, HDMI HD-ND01-U Mini PC – No OS

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Your Everywhere Mini-PC. From the living room to the kitchen, the ZOTAC MAG delivers a premium multimedia experience. The ZOTAC MAG packs fluid high-definition video playback capabilities into a slim, compact system that is silent and perfect for all home environments. Includes 2gb DDR2 memory, 160GB HD. PLEASE NOTE - NO OPERATING SYSTEM INCLUDE[Read More]


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XStreamHD gets 1080p on demand movies from Lionsgate, Echostar

XStreamHD is definitely on a roll lately getting more and more goodies for your viewing pleasure.  After securing a deal last month to get coverage for North America using EchoStar’s AMC-16 satellite, now they found something useful to actually broadcast. And remember, they are broadcasting in full 1080p glory and 7.1 sound. Impressed yet? And now thanks to the agreement with Lionsgate, a rich content consisting in over 12,000 titles will be available. Beside broadcasting, XStreamHD also provides a server to store your content as well.

Currently, there are two packages available:

Asus EeeBox EBXB202-BLK-X0081 Desktop PC (1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, XP Home) Black

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EEE Box is the smallest desktop PC in the world and can be easily moved from room to room. It can be mounted to most of LCD in order to save even more space. Its 8.5" x 7" x 1" dimension is smaller than an A4 paper. It is quieter than a whisper and pre-installed with the latest technology ATOM. Its Windows XP OS is easy to use and compatible with m[Read More]


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Brite-View BV-6000P 1080p HD Multimedia Player with RM / RMVB & DTS, Black

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PopBox sets new ship date and confirms the lack of Netflix support

Syabas announces its new Popbox ship date to be July 23rd, but deeply disappoints its prospective clients by drastically reducing the number of web clients available at launch. If you remember, during CES2010 days, Syabas advertised a large number of web clients that Popbox supposedly had in work/agreement. Among the previously advertised clients were Facebook, Pandora and the most important, Netflix. Half a year later, none of this big three will see the light of the day and your living room. A bad decision, especially now when Netflix support is as popular and as mandatory to be included as mp3 format was several years ago.

Masscool MP-1369S 1080i Hi-Def HDMI eSATA & USB Host Standalone SATA HD Media Player w/ Remote Control w/ Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS 1.5TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 Internal Hard Drive build In

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Features: Powerful Multilingual Subtitle Languages Masscool MP-1369S was designed to support multiple subtitle languages during movie playback. With sophisticated unicode character handling, it supports ten types of subtitle languages, including English subtitle, French subtitle, German subtitle, Italian subtitle, Spanish subtitle, Portuguese subti[Read More]


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