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What kind of Media Player do you use?

ellisr63

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What kind of Media Player do you use?
« on: November 04, 2016, 05:47:32 PM »
I am using several i3 NUCs, and Android boxes with Kodi on them for all my streaming from my UnRaid NAS. Great graphical interface, and it is free too. :)
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Re: What kind of Media Player do you use?
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2016, 12:40:35 PM »
I have an Amazon Fire Stick which I mostly use for Amazon Prime Music.


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Re: What kind of Media Player do you use?
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2016, 03:09:10 PM »
I have an Amazon Fire Stick which I mostly use for Amazon Prime Music.
Have you tried streaming 1080p movies... I am curious as to whether they have enough cpu to do it too.
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Re: What kind of Media Player do you use?
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2016, 06:08:59 AM »
I have both generations of the Amazon Fire TV and love them... :)

I have Broadband 35 down with 5 up and have no problem with 1080p streams...

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Re: What kind of Media Player do you use?
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2016, 08:52:58 AM »
I have both generations of the Amazon Fire TV and love them... :)

I have Broadband 35 down with 5 up and have no problem with 1080p streams...
That is great news... I had tried a USB stick Media player a while back and it wouldn't stream 1080p. Looks like I might get one next instead of the bigger box Media players since they are now capable of streaming 1080P.
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Re: What kind of Media Player do you use?
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2016, 09:56:39 AM »
I just want to make sure we are on the same page... :)

I have the Fire TV Streaming Media Player and not the Fire TV Stick...

https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Fire-TV-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B00U3FPN4U/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1478973285&sr=8-3&keywords=firestick

Re: What kind of Media Player do you use?
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2016, 10:33:47 AM »
Have you tried streaming 1080p movies... I am curious as to whether they have enough cpu to do it too.

Hasn't been an issue.  Of course, I recommend a solid wifi connection.  I have my Fire Stick on the 802.11n 5GHz band.  Using an app on my cell phone, I checked the channel assignment to make sure it did not conflict with neighbors (I live in a high rise condo).  My ISP provides 25/25 Mbps (symmetrical).
« Last Edit: November 12, 2016, 10:36:04 AM by kokishin »

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Re: What kind of Media Player do you use?
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2016, 12:22:24 PM »
I just want to make sure we are on the same page... :)

I have the Fire TV Streaming Media Player and not the Fire TV Stick...

https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Fire-TV-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B00U3FPN4U/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1478973285&sr=8-3&keywords=firestick

Gotcha!
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Re: What kind of Media Player do you use?
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2016, 11:28:53 AM »
Roku for me

Re: What kind of Media Player do you use?
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2016, 12:28:12 PM »
I used my ps3 for the longest time but now I have an Amazon Firestick and mostly use the Xbox One. I stream a lot of stuff from my PC using Universal Media Server.
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Re: What kind of Media Player do you use?
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2016, 03:31:09 PM »
Fire Stick and Fire TV with Kodi side loaded. By far the best thing I have used with Kodi. Everything else has lagged way to much to use.

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Re: What kind of Media Player do you use?
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2016, 11:13:59 AM »
Fire Stick and Fire TV with Kodi side loaded. By far the best thing I have used with Kodi. Everything else has lagged way to much to use.
Does the Firestick accept hardwired LAN, or is it just WiFi? I ask this because my other Kodi players have not been happy streaming 1080P movies via WiFi.
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Re: What kind of Media Player do you use?
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2016, 10:24:37 AM »
Fire TV Stick can only use wifi; no LAN connector.  Fire TV Box has both LAN  connector and wifi.

Re: What kind of Media Player do you use?
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2016, 02:09:08 PM »
I've used Popcorn Hour A-100, C-200, A-400 and have an A-500 on the way.  I'm also using Fire TV with Kodi as well as Emby Media Server.  The A-500 is for my home theater and critical viewing while the Fire TV's (also have one in the home theater) are more for viewing on a smaller screen and lower bitrate.  I'm troubleshooting some sound dropouts with high bitrate files (1:1 mkv's with DTS:X or Atmos) and think I have it down to the boxes feeding the stream (hence the A-500).  I just don't have the stomach for a full HTPC setup although I'm running dual Xeon's in UnRAID server and it's just begging for more to do!
« Last Edit: December 06, 2016, 03:39:46 PM by jkasanic »

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Re: What kind of Media Player do you use?
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2016, 03:10:13 PM »
I just picked up another Kodi box. I already had one of these, and i liked that it ran cool, had optical input, WIFI, and LAN, plus came with a little remote. This one will be replacing my i3NUC in the HT.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QHLSKOE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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