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Playstation media server reviews – best software packages for 2011

Whether you have a Sony Playstation 3 or a XBOX 360 gaming console, you might want to know what is the best playstation media server around. In today’s article we’ll take a look at what is available, whether they are free or paid and the degree of compatibility each playstation media server has with the multitude of video codecs available and of course with the specific codecs supported natively by each console.
Let’s begin with the facts: None of game consoles available on the market (and I am talking about XBOX 360 and PS3, Wii doesn’t really qualify for any media streaming activities) can support direct access to the network shares. Both XBOX 360 and PS3 support some kind of DLNA implementation, although the XBOX 360 one is fairly crippled. Because of this crippled implementation various playstation media servers had to be tweaked and only few of them are compatible with both consoles.

Software playstation media servers

1.1 TVersity

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Cirago CMC3000 media player / streamer with up to 2TB storage announced

We are a website that heavily covers various media players / streamers so here is another one for your pleasure: Cirago CMC3000 series, the latest to come on the market.

Cirago CMC3000 series has three members, named based on their installed on-board storage. The CMC3050 has a 500GB hard drive installed and costs $179.99, CMC3100 has a 1TB hard drive and costs $199 and CMC3200 has a whooping 2TB installed and costs a equally whooping $299. (If you want to save money, get the cheaper model and replace the hard drive – the functionality is similar).

Beside the on-board storage, Cirago media streamers comes with an interesting one year of PlayOn subscription, a first to my knowledge, can RECORD / Shift video on its attached hard drive (SD only though), output in 1080p and even has an integrated BitTorrent client. A card reader and dual USB slots are also provided.

Check after the break for full tech specs, codec support and photo gallery.

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Android gets a DLNA media streaming app from Skifta, might enable Netflix in the future

For all our media streaming needs, there is a new app in time that offers DLNA media streaming on the Android devices. The new app is released by Skifta and runs on everything supporting Android 2.2 and up. Interesting to know is that Skifta is a subsidiary of Qualcomm and this is their first foray in mobile apps per our knowledge.

The application comes with a client and a server and supports streaming of photos, music and videos, not only on Android but on any other DLNA supporting devices including connected TVs, media streamer boxes, PCs, consoles (XBOX 360 and PS3) and even some smart picture frames.

Beside local content, Skifta will also offer web streaming support, something a la PlayOn or TVersity Premium. The only problem is that, Skifta doesn’t actually transcode the content so you are limited to the formats your device actually supports. What I would be interested is if the Android client can actually work with a server other than Skifta’s own, for example TVersity that can be tweaked to transcode pretty much everything. Netflix on Android devices could also be a future possibility via this venue.

Check for a short video illustrating Skifta in action after the break.

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VUDU to arrive on Sony PS3 on November 23rd, also new interface by December

You know, we keep telling you that Sony is becoming a force in the media streamer world and Sony keeps proving us right with every move they are doing. First Hulu Plus, then Netflix without a disk and with one of the best interfaces around and surround sound (read our Sony PS3 Netflix Review) and now, Sony just announced that VUDU is coming on their consoles starting November 23rd.

Impressed? If you only want one box for your media streaming needs, PS3 might just be it and, unlike XBOX 360 you don’t need any extra subscriptions like XBOX Live Gold to access the goodies.

VUDU was not too long ago purchased by Walmart and offers on Demand HD content with 1080p and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound in 5.1 glory. There is no subscription involved, you’ll have to pay per each movie you watch, however the movies will be available for streaming before they go on Netflix.

While on November 23 VUDU for PS3 will come with its old, well known interface, starting in December they’ll release their brand new UI, featuring ratings, recommendations, a layout improvement and PS3 Move controller support.

With this flurry of announcements right around holidays, it is obvious Sony wants to sell as many boxes as they can, and considering the Hulu Plus, Netflix, VUDU, DLNA support plus GAMES and a pretty good list of HD video codecs supported, they might actually have a point! The Sony PS3 160GB is available at Amazon for only $299 (no taxes, free shipping) and at this price they might leave other media streamer boxes in the dust.

Check after the break for additional screenshots of VUDU’s new user interface and full press release.

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Boxee Box Review

1. Introduction

Boxee Box is without question one of the most awaited media streamers for this year. The reason? The way things look right now, it might well be the only box that actually can successfully replace a home theater PC in both CODEC support and extensibility. Promising a full range of audio/video codecs, media library with automatic artwork downloading and also web clients for popular services as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, VUDU and even Netflix, combined with an open development platform supporting Adobe Flash 10.1, a Webkit based browser and QWERTY remote control, many feel that boxee Box is currently the media streamer to beat, not Google TV or Apple TV. For a long time, there has been an uncertainty about the capability to stream Netflix but yesterday the people from D-Link confirmed Netflix support to come sometime by the end of the year, so I won’t touch this issue until the next firmware release.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge gadget lover and I actually own and use every piece of equipment that I reviewed on this website, however I don’t  like the idea of turning my PS3 to watch Netflix, XBOX 360 for a nice Twitter of Facebook client, my HTPC for some exotic codec that nobody else supports, etc. I think everybody keeps waiting for the mystical “do it all” box (aside from a beefy HTPC that needs its own power plant) and the open nature of Boxee Box might help it become that box.

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Deal of the day – $99 Western Digital WD TV Live Plus HD Media Player with 1080p MKV and Netflix

This ($99)  is probably the lowest price I have ever seen on the very popular Western Digital WD TV Live Plus HD Media Player / Streamer (WDBABX0000NBK-NESN ). The Amazon cannot advertise directly such a low price so you’ll have to click and see the discounted price.

I got one myself (full review here) and it works extremely well. The interface could use some tweaks because is rather simple, but no other players beat WD TV Live Plus HD (a mouthful) in terms of video CODEC compatibility. It supports both DLNA client and PC network shares access, a complete codec support including MKV, DIVX, XVID, MPEG 2 and 4, DBD ISO images, it even supports DVD menus from ISO images and folder rips. Everything up to 1080p.

WD TV Live Plus HD also supports a variety of popular web clients including Netflix (the new interface with categories), Pandora, YouTube, Flickr, etc.

Video Codecs – 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

Subtitles – SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI

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Aspire RevoView – a new Acer 1080p DLNA media streamer

Launched for now in Europe, Acer Aspire RevoView is yet another media streamer box claiming to offer the best entertainment system for your TV. The unit features 1080p HD playback, dual USB slots and a 3.5″ SATA bay accepting up to 2TB hard drives, an Ethernet port for network streaming and HDMI 1.3a plus S/PDIF outputs and a memory reader is included as well.

CODEC-wise, RevoView plays the traditional set of popular codecs including MKV, DVD ISOs, MP4, h264, M2TS, VOB, XVID, RM, RMVB, multiple subtitles like SRT, SMI, SSA, IDX and SUB. The projected price is to be around $200 (£119.99) when it starts shipping on November 8.

The only issue is: RevoView just doesn’t bring anything new to the table and there are so many other media streamer boxes available for much lower prices – WD TV Live Plus comes into mind, as well as the soon to be launched Boxee Box, both offering additional web clients like Netflix, VUDU, Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, Pandora, etc. It just doesn’t make sense to release media streamer without them, especially for almost $200 (not to mention the recently launched Google TV devices).

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Google TV media streamers is now officially PlayOn compatible – How to use it

If you remember in out in-depth Google TV review, PlayOn support was a hit and miss, with many users reporting that it doesn’t work properly. Well, now thanks to some PlayOn tweaks in their latest version, Google TV is able to play nice with PlayOn software, although there are some issues left. Here is how to do it:

Step 1: Go to PlayOn website and download their latest release (version 3.0.28 or higher)

Step 2: Navigate from your browser / search in your search box  for gtv.playon.tv (that is the page that should discover your PlayOn server), bookmark it

Step 3: Once PlayOn UI is available on your TV, choose whatever you want to play.

Per PlayOn comments, there are some issues controlling the playback: back button from the keyboard works but the play / pause don’t so you’ll need to use on screen navigation to perform the actual commands.

LG Optimus Windows Phone 7 for PDC 2010 participants?

I was late for the Keynote and when going around the Registration area I noticed Microsoft employee stacking LG marked boxes. A free Windows 7 phone for us? I certainly hope so…keep my fingers crossed. I’ll keep you updated once the Keynote is ending.

Update: Confirmed, we’ll get a LG Optimus 7 Windows 7 Smartphone starting 12:30pm.

LG Optimus 7 Windows 7 Phone is built around a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and features a 3.8″ WVGA display, 16GB storage, 5MP camera capable of recording 720p HD video, WiFi and GPS, and, interestingly enough, native DLNA client, a first in the industry. But a client DLNA is not all, LG Optimus 7 can also act as a DLNA server sharing its content to other DLNA enabled devices around your home.

Update 2: Apparently a select group will get a Samsung (probably Omnia 7) device. We’ll see at 12:30 who and why!

Update 3: I just got my device, if you signed fo the Windows Phone 7 Workshop on Saturday, you get a Samsung!

Samsung BD-C7500 Review and Samsung Apps

1. Introduction

Without a doubt, Samsung BD-C7500 looks really nice. Described as the world’s slimmest Blu-ray player BD-C7500 brings not only good looks in the equation but also a large set of media streaming features, a fast boot time and a plethora of web clients thanks to Samsung Apps store, the first store by my knowledge to offer applications to run on both TV and media streaming boxes / Blu-ray players. Let’s not forget that Apple TV doesn’t support applications and Google TV’s Android Marketplace compatibility will only arrive next year.

While Blu-ray capabilities of today’s players are fairly good and I doubt many of us could perceive differences in the output quality, especially on a HDMI connection, the media streaming and web clients implementation differ wildly, and this is what makes the subject of today’s review. The screenshot and observations should apply to all Samsung 2010 Blu-ray players and connected TVs implementing Samsung Apps. Most of the Samsung TVs released in 2010 support Samsung Apps and all of Samsung’s new Blu-ray players including BD-C8000, BD-C7900, BD-C6900, BD-C6800,  BD-C5900, BD-C7500, BD-C6500 and BD-C5500.

2. Samsung BD-C7500 Unpacking and Design

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