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eske
June 29th, 2009, 08:07 AM
I've been using a netgear eva8000 to watch and listen to music and movies on my network.

This has worked fine but I'd like to give boxee a try - I'm sure hulu and netflix won't work here in Ireland but I like the social aspect and if I'm understanding this right, it is possible to get streamed video onto your main TV screen.

which brings me on to my question ... what is the best option for doing just that? ie playing video from boxee (on my network or the net) on my living room TV. Do I need to buy apple TV, or some kind of media server setup? or would an xbox or ps3 do the trick?

apologies in advance I'm sure this is a total newb question. I did a forum search but I'm obviously not using the right keywords .

pax85
June 29th, 2009, 08:30 AM
I'm not quite sure. Does boxee work fine with the nvidia ion plattform now under ubuntu? (general question for the linux guys)

eske
June 29th, 2009, 01:12 PM
let me re-phrase the question

What's the easiest way to get boxee content to my living room TV?

ownZero
June 29th, 2009, 06:00 PM
I use boxee on a mac mini hooked up to my TV and it works great. The mini costs a bit more than an Apple TV but brings the full computer experience in addition to boxee, to the TV.

oZ

rickh
June 29th, 2009, 06:24 PM
let me re-phrase the question

What's the easiest way to get boxee content to my living room TV?
You need some kind of PC/Mac hooked directly to your TV.

Personally, I had a rather old PC lying around not doing anything, so I put an NVidia card in it, installed Ubuntu and Boxee on it and hooked it up to the S-Video port on my TV. Everything sits nicely in my TV armoire.

If you don't care about high-def so much, an older PC should work fine. Just make sure you have the updated, proprietary drivers for your video card.

R.
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eske
June 30th, 2009, 10:58 AM
and if HD is preferable ... would apple TV be the easiest way to go?

I'm plannin on getting a powerful notebook (desktop replacement) that'll pretty much alway be in the living room - do I just need a hdmi cable and software to hook that up ..... if so what software?
or is more complicated ... do i need specific "video card" with TV out?

Brann
June 30th, 2009, 11:55 AM
I run Boxee on my Lenovo T60 Windows XP laptop that sits in my theater room connected via VGA out. It is so simple and easy it should be a crime :) I just turn my projector on and POOF! instant high def goodness :)
I can use my iPhone to control it via the Boxee app or I can VNC right into the laptop for full keyboard and mouse support.

I almost never use my xbox in the bedroom with XBMC to watch stuff anymore.. now if only I could get a cheaper source of projector lamps I could enjoy my big screen even more :)

DLP Projector FTW :)


Oh... and I can just go Svideo to my tv in the bedroom if I wanna use it up there too.. does the job just fine.

eske
June 30th, 2009, 02:17 PM
so can i just slap a hdmi cable from the laptop to the tv?

is there other software i need runing or just boxee?

or any networking i need to setup?

Tallowby
June 30th, 2009, 03:04 PM
so can i just slap a hdmi cable from the laptop to the tv?

is there other software i need runing or just boxee?

or any networking i need to setup?

You would be one of the lucky ones if your PC has an HDMI output. Most likely you have a DVI output port which carries only video not sound. There are DVI to HDMI cables out there for your video. Sound is the only issue for this rout if you use the TV for sound. If you have an AV receiver, connect your headphone/audio out port to the receiver.

Threads covering DVI-HDMI...
http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=6440&highlight=video+sound+cable
http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=9595&highlight=HDMI+DVI
http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=8021&highlight=HDMI+DVI

And the Wiki
http://wiki.boxee.tv/Main_Page
http://www.vimeo.com/3077327 <--- for mac but same principles

Other helpful threads....
http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=3782&highlight=HDMI+DVI
http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=1912&highlight=HDMI+DVI

Video on cabling...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_vwCyf2rKY&feature=fvw

PC to TV Cables <-- if you do not have DVI or HDMI on your PC
http://pctvcables.com/select-your-pc-to-tv-cable.html

eske
June 30th, 2009, 03:49 PM
wow ... thanks for all the links there ... fair bit of reading for me. that's great looking forward to getting my teeth into that

cheers