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Discussion in 'TV & Video' started by Shaitan00, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. Shaitan00

    Shaitan00 Lurker
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    I used to have a WD Live which worked perfectly, but it died last week... and since then I have been looking to buy a replacement, my requirements are:
    - Streaming Netflix
    - Playing local media off my WD MyBook Live (NAS)

    From what I have been reading it sounds like the best solution (for the price) would be an Android TV box. But before I buy one I wanted to confirm (never perfectly clear) that it can:
    - Stream Netflix like my WD TV Live could
    - Access my WD MyBooks Live (NAS) without the need of a media server (like Plex or something), this is what worries me the most, with the WD I would just browse the Windows Share on the NAS and could play any of my media in pretty much any format

    Right now I am was looking at either an MXQ Pro or M8S Plus...
    Does anyone own either, if so can they confirm it will be a suitable replacement, otherwise if there are any suggestions?

    Thank you for your time.
     



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  2. Salmast

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    I'm sharing out to Nexus Player & Vizio Co-Star via Windows Media Player DLNA. I've got an extra hard drive installed in an old xp machine using that for storage. XBMC with the Fusion mod will configure same on the Nexus Player; and will give you many cable and live tv/radio channels.
     
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  3. Shaitan00

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    Nexus Player & Vizio Co-Star - which is best? :)

    And why that over the the Android boxes? Aren't they both much more expensive? Is there an actual advantage or is this just about quality system? I am sure they are better then Chinese knock-offs .. but also they will get locked down (if they are not already) like the FireTV has been... I would rather not get stuck in that situation
     
  4. Shaitan00

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    Nexus Player - Currently out of stock .... darn ....
     
  5. Salmast

    Salmast Lurker

    Nexus Player (latest) on Ebay for $50 (free shipping). Same with Co-Star (old model)...
     
    #5 Salmast, Feb 14, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2016
  6. Shaitan00

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    Do you have a link? Sadly I am in Canada and the prices are much more expensive here ...
     
  7. Shaitan00

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    Is it true that no Android boxes can do Netflix in HD since it's not approved for it, so you'll be in SD quality? Does this apply to the Nexus Player as well?
     
  8. Shaitan00

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    Sadly I am stuck in Canada :)
    People on eBay don't like to ship here :)
     
  9. Salmast

    Salmast Lurker

    The first link is from "NewEgg" which is a retail store, ships worldwide.
    The newer boxes will do HD, but you need a good internet connection and
    need to adjust your Netflix account settings. My cable and internet was
    $110mo and cutting cable I'm now at $44mo. I've got a huge 14ft antenna
    in the attic, 150 miles, gets 25 channels and the movies from Netflix, Youtube,
    Crackle, Popcornflix, and Kodi with Fusion mod. Also went to a $10 monthly
    tracfone. I've saved literally thou$and$.
     
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