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just internet TV? Or any TV? If just the internet almost any PC with fast enough graphics and a big drive would do. The network connection is really the limiting factor Or do you intend to use tuners as well? If so, satellite or terrestrial?
There you go - now you can stick your movies on your old PC, stick a TV card in it, and MediaPortal backend, and stream it to a PVR-equipped build of XBMC running on an Acer Revo delivering content silently via HDMI to your TV etc.
Alternatively, if you only want internet TV then just buy the Acer Revo and get a better internet connection.
The issue shouldn't be internet speed as I am with Virgin on fibre with 10mb. My feeling is that it is more to do with the graphics card on a cheap netbooks processor.
Frankly, "Virgin Fibre with 10mb" means diddly squat when you don't know the entire route the data is taking to get to your laptop. For instance, the person providing the uplink of data might just be on a broadband link shared with their family, etc.
Saw a box on sale in LeRoy Merlin (F) last week which plugs into your TV (SCART or HDMI) and connects via wifi to the internet. Box contains a hard drive, runs on Android and once set up you can download films and everything else off the internet and play them on the TV. No need for a local PC, you can even set your router up over the box.
If everyone else knows about this already don't flame me !
"The issue shouldn't be internet speed as I am with Virgin on fibre with 10mb. "
So what? Whats the bitrate and definition of the files you are trying to stream? And what else is running on the local network? Whats the source of these 'net TV channels. Most of the ones I've seen have been severely bandwidth restricted, often using peer-to-peer networks
You don't need much in the way of hardware to stream video. We could do it 12 years ago using 8Mb ATi Rage Pro chips and AMD K6-II CPUs. The processing power of even a basic modern machine such as a Notepad with Intel Atom guts is far more powerful than that.
I am downloading sky go to my second TV (as my wife doesn't football) using the Notebook. I have an 30m ethernet cable between my study where my virgin media Netware gateway comes in to a Linksys WRT160N in the bedroom where there is a decent TV. I then have taken a 2m ethernet from that to the notebook outputting the notebook via a monitor cable to the TV.
I have done a speedtest on the notebook in the location and got 9.26 Mnps download and .98 Mnps upload. I have a smartphone in the house that is connected by the WRTWiFi but isn't used at the time.
- Hmm! If all you get is 10mb on 'fibre' ....................................I suspect you are on ADSL2+ or similar via BT./Unbundled in which case you would be 'sharing' your data download with others around you.? I would complain if you are paying for a '50 or 100mb' or so connection.
Virgin's 10Mb service that's being upgraded to 20Mb is most likely cable (co-ax). It's certainly not ADSL, and unlikely to be fibre-optic to the house.
Our Virgin cable domestic service has recently been upgraded to 20Mb from 10, and I'm getting 17-19Mb on one wired PC and one wifi PC, but 2 wifi PCs further from the WAP are getting between 8 and 12Mb (802.11g). One was only getting 2-4 until I replaced the antenna on the NIC with an external antenna further from the PC.
Wireless throughput does drop off rapidly as signal strength decreases.
You can't have everything - where would you put it?
No it's not fibre optic to the house it's fibre optic in the street and the usual telephone wire to the house. But then I'm only paying £29 for broadband, line rental and unlimited phone calls 24/7 other than 0870 and 0845 and I can get around that. I could pay more but frankly don't need it.
Now why is Sky Go buffering and not particularly good; any thoughts?