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!

Top 10 Media Streamers 2011

Position Name DLNA Support Native Netflix Support Other Services MKV 1080p Popular Audio Containers Comments
1. Boxee Box YES YES Netflix,

Twitter,

Facebook,

Pandora,

Revision 3,

over 400 web clients

Flash 10.1

YES YES YES – Winner based on pre-release reviews

and based on Boxee software capabilities

– available for pre-order

2. Dune HD Base 3.0 YES NO
YES YES YES If you don’t care

too much about

Internet video streaming,

this is the best media player

at the moment from CODEC and HD play capabilities

point of view

- Plays Blu-ray ISO menus / structure

3. Western Digital WD TV Live Plus HD YES YES YouTube,

Pandora,

Flickr,

Live365,

NETFLIX,

MediaFly

YES YES YES available
4. Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ YES YES via firmware upgrade Netflix,

YouTube,

Mediafly

vTuner,

Picasa,

Flickr

Video Feeds (RSS),

Text Fees (RSS)

Finance Widget,

Weather Widget

YES YES YES available
5. Brite-View BV-5005HD NO NO Torrent, Flickr YES YES YES available
6. Roku HD-XR Player NO YES Netflix,

Amazon VOD,

UFC, MLB.com,

NBA Game Time,

 

Mediafly, blip.tv,

twit.tv,

Facebook Photos,

Revision 3,

FrameChannel,

Flickr, Pandora,

DreamTV,

SmugMug,

Techpodcasts.com,

MobileTribe,

NHZNetorks OnDemand,

Drive-in Classics,

Moonlight Movies,

Kung-fu Theater, MCC,

Weiss Money Network,

Cowboy Classics

NO YES NO available
7. Xtreamer Media Player NO NO Video: YouTube, Picasa,

Yahoo Video, CNN,

NBC Today,

CBS Face the Nation

Audio: Live365 Radio,

iPodcast, Radiobox,

ABC News, BBC Podcast,

CNN News , Indiefeed,

Jamendo

 

Photo: Picasaweb

RSS feed: Yahoo! Weather,

Yahoo! News,

Yahoo! Xchange,

MSNBC News and more

YES YES YES available
8. Popcorn Hour C-200 by Syabas YES NO Video : Revision 3,

Videocast, CNET TV,

Mediafly, Mevio,

Bliptv, Break

 

Podcast,

CBS Evening News,

CNN Anderson Cooper 360 Daily,

CNN The Larry King Podcast,

NBC Today Show,

The CNN Daily,

CNN In Case You Missed It,

NBC Nightly News,

NBC Meet The Press,

CBS Face the Nation,

Podfinder UK, Motorz

Audio : Jamendo, iPodcast, BBC Podcast,

Indiefeed, CNN News, ABC News

Photos : Flickr, Picasaweb, Pikeo, 23, Photobucket, SmugMug

RSS feed : Yahoo! Weather, NMT Forum,

Bloglines, Cinecast, MSNBC News, Traffice Condition,

Yahoo! Traffic Alerts, Yahoo! News, Weather Bug

Peer-to-peer TV : SayaTV

Internet Radio : SHOUTcast™ Radio, Radiobox, Live365 Radio

YES YES YES - available

- full range of codecs support

9. ASUS O!Play – TV HD Media Player NO NO None YES YES YES available
10. TBD

1.The Boxee Box by D-Link

The Internet gives you the freedom to watch what you want, and the power to choose what you want to pay for. It’s awesome. What’s not awesome about the internet: no big screen, no HD, no home theater experience, no easy interface designed to sift through the mountains of TV shows, Movies, and content available online. And the real killer: no remote. If only there was a little box that brought the freedom of the Internet to your HDTV in stunning 1080p, Dolby Surround Sound, and had a slick interface to simplify everything and – wait for it, a remote to put it all at the tips of your fingers. Too bad nobody has thought of that yet. Oh wait, we did. Haha! Ahem – The Boxee Box, by D-Link, featuring our ingenious two-faced remote. Say goodbye to hunting and pecking for letters on screen, the Boxee Box remote comes with a full QWERTY keypad – as soon as you start typing Boxee Box’s autosearch function starts finding.

What is really important about Boxee Box is that is supports an open development platform based on Flash 10.1 so the sky is the limit in terms of how many applications will be available, but at launch it will support over 400 applications. Let’s also not forget HTML 5 compliant WebKit browser and QWERTY remote control!!!

Technical Details Video Codecs Audio Containers Audio Codecs Web Services

  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 4.6″
  • Language Support: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Network Protocol Support: IPV4, ARP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, DHCP Client, DNS Client,
  • DDNS Client, HTTP Server, Samba Client, RTP/RTMP, VPN: PPTP, DLNA 1.5 (DMP)
  • Wireless: 802.11n/g/b
  • Ports: HDMI 1.3, 10/100 Fast Ethernet, 2x USB 2.0, Optical Audio (S/PDIF),
  • Analog Audio (RCA L/R)
  • Memory Card Support: SD, SDHC up to 32GB, MMC
  • Audio Formats: MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AIF/AIFF, AC3/AAC, OGG, FLAC,
  • DTS, Dolby Digital/Dolby True HD
  • Video Formats: Adobe Flash 10.1, FLV/On2 VP6 (FLV/FV4/M4V),
  • H.264 AVC (TS/AVI/MKV/MOV/M2TS/MP4), VC-1 (TS/AVI/MKV/WMV),
  • MPEG-1 (DAT/MPG/MPEG), MPEG-2 (MPG/MPEG/VOB/TS/TP/ISO/IFO),
  • MPEG-4 (MP4/AVI/MOV), DivX 3/4/5/6 (AVI/MKV), Xvid (AVI/MKV),
  • WMV9 (WMV/ASF/DVR-MS)
  • Image Formats: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF
  • Playlist Formats: M3U, PLS, WPL
  • Subtitle Formats: SRT, SUB, SSA, SMI, ASS
  • Supported Resolutions: H.264: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps;
  • WMV9/VC-1: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps;
  • MPEG4: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps;
  • MPEG2: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps
  • Two-Sided RF Remote: with 4-way navigation and full QWERTY keypad
Adobe Flash 10.1,

FLV/On2 VP6 (FLV/FV4/M4V),

H.264 AVC (TS/AVI/MKV/MOV/M2TS/MP4),

VC-1 (TS/AVI/MKV/WMV),

MPEG-1 (DAT/MPG/MPEG),

MPEG-2 (MPG/MPEG/VOB/TS/TP/ISO/IFO),

MPEG-4 (MP4/AVI/MOV),

DivX 3/4/5/6 (AVI/MKV),

Xvid (AVI/MKV),

WMV9 (WMV/ASF/DVR-MS)

MP3,

WAV/PCM/LPCM,

WMA, AIF/AIFF,

AC3/AAC,

OGG, FLAC, DTS,

Dolby Digital,

Dolby True HD

MP3,

WAV/PCM/LPCM,

WMA, AIF/AIFF,

AC3/AAC,

OGG, FLAC, DTS,

Dolby Digital,

Dolby True HD

Movie Libraries:

  • EZTakes
  • IndieMoviesOnlinr
  • MUBI
  • OpenFilm

Streaming Clients

Digg, CNN,

YouTube,

Pandora Radio,

Revision 3,

FaceBook,

Flickr

Over 400 at launch, many

more to come due its Flash 10.1

and HTML 5 Webkit browser

support

2.Dune HD Base 3.0

Dune HD Base 3.0 is the most affordable solution for Full HD (1080p) video playback based on Sigma Designs 864x platform with internal HDD. Includes a comprehensive set of connectors: three USB 2.0 ports (one front, two back), eSATA port, Ethernet 100/1000(*) Mbit/s, HDMI 1.3, S/PDIF (optical and coaxial), 7.1 analog audio, 2.0 analog audio, component video, composite video.

Main features:

Specification:

Other features:

3. Western Digital WD TV Live Plus 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The WD TV Live HD Plus Media Player from Western Digital has everything you need to play your HD media collection and the fun stuff you find on the web in brilliant HD 1080p on your big screen HDTV. Because it supports a wide variety of file types, you can instantly enjoy all your home digital media, regardless of the file format. Plus you get direct access to a huge selection of video, photos, and music from popular internet sites like Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, Live 365, and Pandora (U.S. only) right from the beautifully easy WDTV navigation screen. The WD TV Live HD media player is exceptionally easy to use so anyone in the family can do it and, because it’s networked, you can easily access media from any PC in the home. Compatibility; HDMI, Full HD (1080p), AAC, MP3, JPEG, USB 2.0, H.264, SimplayHD, Energy Star, Dolby Digital, DTS, DLNA, Bonjour, AVCHD, Windows Vista.

 

Video Containers Video Codecs Audio Containers Audio Codecs Web Services
AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4),

MPG/MPEG, VOB,

MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1),

TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1),

MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9

AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4),

MPG/MPEG, VOB,

MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1),

TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1),

MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9

Subtitle:
SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI

MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM,

WMA, AAC,

FLAC,

MKA,

AIF/AIFF, OGG,

Dolby Digital, DTS

MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM,

WMA, AAC,

FLAC,

MKA,

AIF/AIFF, OGG,

Dolby Digital, DTS

YouTube,

Pandora,

Flickr, Live365,

Netflix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Seagate FreeAgent Theater+

With its unique docking system, the FreeAgent Theater+™ HD media player offers the easiest way to move photos, movies and music from your PC or Mac to your TV for enjoying and sharing in comfort. The FreeAgent Go™ portable drive connects to your PC or Mac to automatically sync all of your photos, movies and music. By then placing the FreeAgent Go drive into the Theater+ HD media player, connected to your TV, all your favorite content is at your fingertips with 1080p video and surround sound audio. Playing back files, navigating menus and accessing special features is intuitive with the DVD-like user interface.

FreeAgent Theater+™HD media player is perfect for when you need to:

 

Video Containers Video Codecs Audio Containers Audio Codecs Web Services
MPEG-1,

MPEG-2 (VOB/ISO),

MPEG-4 (DivX /Xvid),

DivX HD,

Xvid HD,

AVI,

MOV,

MKV,

RMVB,

AVC HD,

H.264,

WMV9,

VC-1,

M2TS,

TS/TP/M2T

MPEG-1,

MPEG-2 (VOB/ISO),

MPEG-4 (DivX /Xvid),

DivX HD,

Xvid HD,

AVI,

MOV,

MKV,

RMVB,

AVC HD,

H.264,

WMV9,

VC-1,

M2TS,

TS/TP/M2T

Subtitles: SAMI(smi), SRT and SUB
AAC,

MP3,

Dolby® Digital,

DTS,

ASF,

FLAC,

WMA,

LPCM,

ADPCM,

WAV,

OGG Playlist: M3U, PLS

AAC,

MP3,

Dolby® Digital,

DTS,

ASF,

FLAC,

WMA,

LPCM,

ADPCM,

WAV,

OGG Playlist: M3U, PLS

  • Netflix
  • YouTube
  • Mediafly
  • vTuner
  • Picasa
  • Flickr
  • Video Feeds (RSS)
  • Text Fees (RSS)
  • Finance Widget
  • Weather Widget

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Brite-View BV-5005HD

The brite-View CinemaTube is your HDTV’s new best friend. The CinemaTube can save you the time and trouble of burning and sorting physical CD and DVD disks. What’s more, its networking capability makes it easy to stream computer and Internet entertainment right into your living room. Just plug in a network cable–or directly connect an external hard drive–and start enjoying your high-definition movies, music and photos with your friends and loved ones.

Satisfy Your Senses with 1080p Blu-ray Video Quality and Advanced Audio Decoding
Are you a movie aficionado who demands Blu-ray quality? The CinemaTube will meet your high standards and satisfy your tastes. It supports a variety of HD-capable video formats, including H.264/AVC, DivX, MPEG4 and WMD9. It can also decode multiple audio output formats like MPEG I Layers 1, 2, and 3 (2-channel); MPEG II Layers 1 and 2 (multi-channel); LPCM, ADPCM, FLAC, AAC, WAV, WMA and OGG, RA, and Dolby Digital AC3. DTS (downmix) is also supported by CinemaTube, so you don’t need an additional DTS receiver to enjoy HD videos with DTS tracks.

 

Video Containers Video Codecs Audio Containers Audio Codecs Web Services
VCD 1.0/2.0, SVCD,

MPEG1 (DAT/MPG/MPEG),

MPEG2 (MPG/MPEG/VOB/ISO/IFO/TS/TP)/M2TS,

MPEG4 (MP4/AVI/MOV) ,

DivX 3/4/5/6,

Xvid (AVI/MKV),

H.264/AVC (TS/AVI/MKV/MOV)/M2TS,

VC-1 (TS/AVI/MKV/WMV)/M2TS,

WMV9 (WMV),

FLV,

Real Video 8/9/10 (RM/RMVB up to 720p)

VCD 1.0/2.0, SVCD,

MPEG1 (DAT/MPG/MPEG),

MPEG2 (MPG/MPEG/VOB/ISO/IFO/TS/TP)/M2TS,

MPEG4 (MP4/AVI/MOV) ,

DivX 3/4/5/6,

Xvid (AVI/MKV),

H.264/AVC (TS/AVI/MKV/MOV)/M2TS,

VC-1 (TS/AVI/MKV/WMV)/M2TS,

WMV9 (WMV),

FLV,

Real Video 8/9/10 (RM/RMVB up to 720p)


Subtitle: SRT, SUB, SMI, SSA

MP3,

WAV,

AAC,

OGG,

FLAC,

AIFF

MP3,

WAV,

AAC,

OGG,

FLAC,

AIFF

Torrent,

Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Roku HD-XR Player

Now featuring extended-range wireless, Roku is the easiest way to stream instant movies and shows directly to your TV – over 50,000 and counting, from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, and more. The top-of-the-line HD-XR model uses the latest wireless standard (Wi-Fi “N”) to deliver the best quality video virtually anywhere in your home. It’s so easy and powerful; no wonder Roku is Netflix members’ top rated streaming player.

You can connect the Roku player to the Internet using most broadband providers (such as a cable modem or DSL connection.) You need at least 1.2 Mbps to watch movies instantly on the Roku digital video player with decent quality. The faster your connection, the better the quality (although this rule-of-thumb peaks out at about 5mbps). Use the built-in Wi-Fi capabilities to connect to your wireless network, or use the Ethernet port for a wired connection. It’s easy either way.

Video Containers Video Codecs Audio Containers Audio Codecs Web Services
NA,

Internet Streaming only

NA,

Internet Streaming only

NA,

Internet Streaming only

NA,

Internet Streaming only

Netflix, Amazon VOD,UFC, MLB.com,

NBA Game Time,

 

Mediafly, blip.tv, twit.tv,

Facebook Photos, Revision 3,

FrameChannel, Flickr, Pandora,

DreamTV,  SmugMug,

Techpodcasts.com,

MobileTribe, NHZNetorks OnDemand,

Drive-in Classics, Moonlight Movies,

Kung-fu Theater, MCC,

Weiss Money Network,

Cowboy Classics

7.Xtreamer Media Player

The Xtreamer features state-of-the-art digital playback that brings all the media content from your PC to your living room. With a dizzying array of file-format support, it is engineered from the ground up for high performance networking and high-definition playback.

Technical Specifications

Memory – 256MB DDR SDRAM, 32MB Flash
Chipset – Realtek 128X (Special Edition)
Network – Ethernet 10/100, WIFI USB Antenna 802.11 (optional)
Connectivity – WIFI , UPnP SSDP, UPnP AV, NTFS
Dimensions – Width 10.5″(180mm) x Depth 1.25″ (32mm) x Height 2.25″ (82mm)

Video Containers Video Codecs Audio Containers Audio Codecs Web Services
MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V)

MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG)

MPEG2 Transport Stream

(TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS)

VOB, AVI, ASF, WMV

Matroska (MKV)

MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4

FLV – Flash Video

XVID SD/HD

MPEG-1

MPEG-2 – MP@HL

MPEG-4.2 – ASP@L5, 720p, 1-point GMC

WMV9  – MP@HL

H.264  – BP@L3,  MP@L4.0, HP@L4.0, HP@L4.1

VC-1 – MP@HL, AP@L3

AAC, M4A

MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA)

WAV

WMA

FLAC

OGG

AVC HD

Dolby Digital

DTS

WMA, WMA Pro

AAC

MP1, MP2, MP3

LPCM

FLAC

Vorbis

· Audio pass through : DTS, Dolby Digital,

DTS-HD MA, DTS-HD HR,

Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital Plus

· Photo formats : JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, HD JPEG

· Other formats: ISO, IFO, FLV, RM, RA, RAM

· Subtitle formats : SRT, SMI, SUB, SSA, IDX

· Streaming formats : RTSP, FLV

Video: YouTube,

Picasa,

Yahoo Video,

CNN, NBC Today,

CBS Face the Nation

 

Audio: Live365 Radio,

iPodcast, Radiobox,

ABC News,

BBC Podcast,

CNN News ,

Indiefeed,

Jamendo

Photo: Picasaweb

RSS feed: Yahoo! Weather,

Yahoo! News,

Yahoo! Xchange,

MSNBC News and more

8. Popcorn Hour C-200

It’s Time to Unleash Your TV The Popcorn Hour C-200 is the most powerful and versatile Networked Media Tank yet. It’s blazing-fast processor, Blu-ray capability and storage options make the C-200 an ideal addition to your home theater or high-definition entertainment system. All Your Media in One Box With Popcorn Hour you can stream or playback digital media content from a variety of sources, such as your PC, network-attached storage, digital camera or USB storage (flash drive, hard disk, and DVD drive). Popcorn Hour also makes it easy to download and stream content directly from popular Internet sites like SHOUTcast™ Radio, Blip.tv, Revision 3 and dozens of others. Popcorn Hour even has a built-in download utility, eliminating the need to rely on your PC to download files from the Internet. Expand Your Possibilities • The C-200 includes the most expansion options with a total of 5 USB ports and 2 SATA ports for all your storage needs. • You can add a Blu-ray drive** to turn your Popcorn Hour C-200 into a full-featured Blu-ray player. • You can add a hard drive to create a central library of all your digital media files, ready to play on your HDTV at any time.

 

Video Containers Video Codecs Audio Containers Audio Codecs Web Services
MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V)

MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG, DAT, VOB)

MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS)

AVI, ASF, WMV

Matroska (MKV)

MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4

XVID SD/HD

MPEG-1

MPEG-2 MP@HL

MPEG-4.2 ASP@L5, 720p, 1-point GMC

MPEG-4.10 (H.264) : BP@L3,

MP@L4.0, HP@L4.0, HP@L4.1

WMV9 : MP@HL

SMPTE 421M (VC-1) : MP@HL, AP@L3

AAC, M4A

MPEG audio

(MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA)

WAV

WMA

FLAC

OGG

Dolby Digital

DTS

WMA, WMA Pro

MPEG-1 Layer 1, 2, 3

MPEG-4 AAC-LC

MPEG-4 HE-AAC

MPEG-4 BSAC

LPCM

FLAC

Vorbis

Video : Revision 3,

Videocast,

CNET TV,

 

Mediafly,

Mevio, Bliptv,

Break

Podcast,

CBS Evening News,

CNN Anderson Cooper 360 Daily,

CNN The Larry King Podcast,

NBC Today Show,

The CNN Daily,

CNN In Case You Missed It,

NBC Nightly News,

NBC Meet The Press,

CBS Face the Nation,

Podfinder UK, Motorz

Audio : Jamendo,

iPodcast,

BBC Podcast,

Indiefeed,

CNN News,

ABC News

Photos : Flickr,

Picasaweb,

Pikeo, 23, Photobucket,

SmugMug

RSS feed : Yahoo! Weather,

NMT Forum,

Bloglines,

Cinecast,

MSNBC News,

Traffic Condition,

Yahoo! Traffic Alerts,

Yahoo! News,

Weather Bug

Peer-to-peer TV : SayaTV

Internet Radio :

SHOUTcast™ Radio,

Radiobox,

Live365 Radio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. ASUS O!Play – TV HD Media Player

These days many of us have a constantly growing media library, with our favorite music, movies, and photos in a variety of formats and locations. The ASUS O!Play is designed to easily bring your media into your living room, without sacrificing quality. Enjoy video in full HD 1080p resolution, full-fidelity audio, and photo slideshows on your HDTV or home theater setup. With impressively wide format support, a wealth of connection options, and playback over a network or directly from USB and eSATA drives, the O!Play is an elegant and modern media solution.

  • Hassle-free multimedia playback without file conversion
  • Full 1080p high-definition video via HDMI output
  • Simple and fast plug-and-play connectivity (eSATA, USB 2.0)
  • High-speed Ethernet LAN connection for easy network streaming
  • Bitstream or decode Dolby Digital and DTS Surround audio
Video Containers Video Codecs Audio Containers Audio Codecs Web Services
.MP4, .MOV, .XVID,

.AVI, .DIVX, .ASF,

.WMV, .MKV, .RM,

.RMVB, .FLV, .TS,

.M2TS, .DAT, .MPG,

.VOB

BD.iso

.MP4, .MOV, .XVID,

.AVI, .DIVX, .ASF,

.WMV, .MKV, .RM,

.RMVB, .FLV, .TS,

.M2TS, .DAT, .MPG,

.VOB

BD.iso

Subtitle: SRT, SUB, SMI, SSA

MP3,

WAV,

AAC,

OGG,

FLAC,

AIFF

MP3,

WAV,

AAC,

OGG,

FLAC,

AIFF

NA

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