Best Media Streamers / Players 2011 – Top 10

Note: there is a newer Best Media Players / Streamers list for 2012 that will be maintained from now on.

A new year, a new top 10 list that tries to offer a comprehensive view of the top 10 best media streamers for 2011.

If 2010 was a year in which the media streamer boxes sales experienced a big grow and many new web clients launched, in my opinion 2011 is a year of consolidation, partnerships and jump from technologically inclined users to wide adoption. Apple TV is one box that helped the transition due to its simplicity and customer friendlies. Although Apple TV was one of the boxes that took streaming to mainstream, I decided not to include ti in my list due to lack of support for local content and low number of web clients supported.

In terms of pure streaming, Roku deserves to be on the first place due to its excellent implementation of web clients and the support for all important premium clients such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video on Demand, etc.

Local files support continues to be critical and Boxee Box and Western Digital boxes are among the best in this category (even with their inherent bugs), without stepping into the pro-sumer category like the Dune BD Prime 3.0 media player for example which is in my opinion the best in terms of codec support.

As usual, I’ll update the list as new devices come on the market and I would also appreciate your input / votes as well. Considering that some will prefer a stronger codec support for local media and some will only care about web streaming, this top 10 will obviously not make everybody happy. However, I tried to add as many technical specs as I could so you can perform a side by side comparison.

Top 10 Media Streamers / Players 2011

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

YouTube

(Leanback)

Twitter,

Facebook,

VUDU, …

and so on,

about 135 of them)

YES YES
  • 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
available extensive

codec support,

one of the best in industry

includes Internet Browser

(HTML 5 Webkit) compatible

hundreds of web clients

QWERTY REMOTE Control

full review here

2. Western Digital WD TV

Live Streaming Media

Player

YES Yes YouTube,Pandora,Flickr,

Spotify,

Facebook,

Live365,

Hulu Plus,

NETFLIX,

MediaFly,

many others

YES YES YES, pretty much

everything available

including MKV 1080p, etc

YES -available-

extensive codec

support,

one of the best

in industry

-review here

3. Roku 2 XS Streaming

Player 1080p

 

NO NO Netflix, Amazon VOD,

Hulu Plus, 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 NO best pure web streamer,support for

Hulu Plus,

Netflix, Amazon VoD,

many others

4. Popcorn Hour A-210 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

SHOUTCast™ Radio,

Radiobox, Live365 Radio

YES YES YES YES available- full range of codecs support
5. iXtreamer Media Player YES 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 YES available Thumbnail Based Navigation
6. Brite-View BV-5005HD NO NO Torrent, Flickr YES YES YES YES available
7. Syabas Popbox 3D Multimedia Player NO YES Twitter, Facebook,Pandora,Revision 3,

many more

YES YES YES YES available
8. Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ NO Yes Netflix, YouTube,MediaflyvTuner,Picasa,

FlickrVideo Feeds (RSS),

Text Fees (RSS)

Finance Widget,

Weather Widget

YES YES YES YES available
9. 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 YES - available- full range of codecs support
10. Dune BD Prime 3.0 NO NO None YES YES YES YES available

1. Boxee Box media streamer

Video Containers Video Codecs Audio Containers Audio Codecs Web Services
  • 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)

Subtitles:

  • SRT
  • SUB
  • SSA
  • SMI
  • ASS
  • 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
over 130 available including YouTube,Facebook,Twitter, Flickr, Pandora, etcNetflix

 

HTML 5 Web Browser (Webkit based)

2. Western Digital WD TV Live Streaming Media Player

 

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, WMV9AVI (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, SMIMP3

WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC,FLAC,MKA,

AIF/AIFF, OGG,

Dolby Digital, DTSMP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM,WMA, AAC,FLAC,

MKA,

AIF/AIFF, OGG,

Dolby Digital, DTS

YouTube,Pandora,Flickr, Live365,Netflix, Facebook,

Spotify,

Hulu Plus



 

3. Roku 2 XS Player

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

 

4. Popcorn Hour A-210

 

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, RMP4XVID SD/HDMPEG-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@HLSMPTE 421M (VC-1) :MP@HL, AP@L3

Subtitle Formats:
SRT, MicroDVD SUB, SSA,

SUB/IDXAAC, M4AMPEG audio

(MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA)

WAV

WMA

FLAC

OGGDolby DigitalDTS

WMA, WMA ProMPEG-1 Layer 1, 2, 3MPEG-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,

Traffice Condition,

Yahoo! Traffic Alerts, Yahoo! News,

Weather Bug

Peer-to-peer TV : SayaTV

Internet Radio : SHOUTCast™ Radio,

Radiobox, Live365 Radio

 

 

5.iXtreamer Media Player

Video Containers Video Codecs Audio Containers Audio Codecs Web Services
MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V)MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG)· 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

MPEG2 Transport Stream(TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS)VOB, AVI, ASF, WMV

Matroska (MKV)

MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4

FLV – Flash VideoXVID SD/HDMPEG-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@L3AAC, M4A

 

MPEG audio(MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA)WAV

WMA

FLAC

OGG

AVC HDDolby DigitalDTS

WMA, WMA Pro

AAC

MP1, MP2, MP3

LPCM

FLAC

Vorbis

MPEG audio(MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA)WAV

WMA

FLAC

OGG

AVC HDDolby DigitalDTS

WMA, WMA Pro

AAC

MP1, MP2, MP3

LPCM

FLAC

Vorbis

· Streaming formats : RTSP,FLVVideo: YouTube,Picasa, Yahoo Video,

CNN, NBC Today,

CBS Face the Nation and more

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

 

6. Brite-View BV-5005HD

 

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, SSAMP3, WAV,

AAC,OGG,FLAC,

AIFFMP3, WAV,

AAC,

OGG,

FLAC,

AIFF

 Torrent,Flickr


 

7. Syabas Popbox 3D Multimedia Player

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

FLV, F4VH.264XVID SD/HD

MPEG-1

3D stereoscopic videos

MPEG-2 MP@HLMPEG-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@HLAACM4A

MPEG audio(MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA)WAV

WMA

FLAC

OGGDolby DigitalDTS

WMA, WMA Pro

MPEG-1 Layer 1, 2, 3

MPEG-4 AAC-LC

MPEG-4 HE-AAC

MPEG-4 BSAC

LPCM

FLAC

MPEG audio(MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA)WAV

WMA

FLAC

OGGDolby DigitalDTS

WMA, WMA Pro

MPEG-1 Layer 1, 2, 3

MPEG-4 AAC-LC

MPEG-4 HE-AAC

MPEG-4 BSAC

LPCM

FLAC

Twitter,FunSpot,Photobucket,Channels.com,

Facebook,

blip.tv,

Revision3,

WeatherBug,

MediaFly,

Shoutcast,

IMDB,

Netflix, etc

 

8. Seagate FreeAgent Theater+

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/M2TMPEG-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

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

9. Popcorn Hour C-200

 

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, WMVMatroska (MKV)

MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4

XVID SD/HDMPEG-1MPEG-2 MP@HLMPEG-4.2 ASP@L5, 720p, 1-point GMCMPEG-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, M4AMPEG audio(MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA)WAVWMA

FLAC

OGG

Dolby DigitalDTSWMA, WMA ProMPEG-1 Layer 1, 2, 3MPEG-4 AAC-LC

MPEG-4 HE-AAC

MPEG-4 BSAC

LPCM

FLAC

Vorbis

Video : Revision 3, Videocast, CNET TV,Mediafly, Mevio, Bliptv, BreakPodcast, 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

 

 

 

 

 

10. Dune BD Prime 3.0

Video Containers Video Codecs Audio Containers Audio Codecs Web Services
MKV, MPEG-TS, MPEG-PS, M2TS, VOB, AVI, MOV, MP4, QT, ASF, WMV, Blu-Ray-ISO, BDMV, DVD-ISO, VIDEO_TS MPEG2, MPEG4, XVID, WMV9, VC1, H.264 MP3, MPA, M4A, WMA, FLAC, WAV, DTS-WAV, DTS, AC3, AAC AC3 (Dolby Digital), DTS, MPEG, AAC, LPCM, WMA, WMAPro, EAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), Dolby True HD, DTS HD High Resolution Audio, DTS HD Master Audio, FLAC, multichannel FLAC Netflix through a future firmware upgrade

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