I've been looking at the thread about connecting a TV to a wireless network
with interest. For those of us without an internet-ready TV, what is the
cheapest/best way of giving a TV (with HDMI) a network connection? I've
seen some media players but it is difficult to compare when not really
knowing what you are looking for. I suppose minimum would be ability to
browse and Iplayer compatible . MP4(H.264) would also be useful.
Thanks for any advice.
Yeah, the Apple TV is surprisingly one of the cheapest ways of
streaming wirelessly to the telly. I'm not sure what formats it'll
play out of the box either, I'm fairly sure ti does support iPlayer,
many people hack them and run XBMC, although that's not a trivial
exercise if you're not PC savvy.
A wii does iPlayer and plays music, but at low resolution, no HDMI.
A sony play station does music, dvds, and may do iPlayer (I don't know if
its out) no HDMI AFAIK but HD over component.
I have a Sony blu-ray that does iPlayer + other internet stuff (in fact I
use that rather than the PC) and DNLA.
The PC will do anything you can buy accessories to do.
You can even get surround sound amps that will do internet radio, music,
A WD Live TV HD box will play either from local USB drive (flash or
hard) or via its network interface. It can talk to ordinary CIFS (aka
SMB) network shares or DLNA media servers, and can also stream stuff
direct from the internet. About the only thing it does not play yet is
+1 for PS3, though expensive option if all you want is the media player.
It does DLNA, iplayer and 4od, plus it has a browser so can do youtube
and other stuff. Has the advantage of built in wi-fi too.
Obviously it will also play files from a usb stick or HDD (FAT32 only
Sad that I use mine more for its media capacities than its gaming ones
;) I do have a decent PC for gaming though. :)
I also have an HDR-FOX T2 - but no convenient LAN connection. I'd be
interested in hearing from anyone who has succeeded in connecting one
wirelessly. Humax's default solution seems to be ethernet over mains -
but that is relatively expensive.
type "android 2.3 tv box wifi" into ebay and take a look!
they run iplayer itv player and the like and you get all the free
android apps and browsers - top kit for the price - connect a wireless
KB for full functionality
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