In Easy Steps: Which media streaming device to buy? – Part 4

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 1:26:34 by

For a relatively higher price, Blu-Ray players and gaming consoles offer more services than the dedicated streamers. However, the choice of streaming services is limited on these latter options.

Xbox360/PlayStation 3

Gaming consoles are thought to be limited to game plays and online server connectivity. However, that is not the case anymore. After a host of different updates and upgrades, these devices are becoming top-end media streaming hubs as well.

For example, PS3 has apps like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Amazon, NHL GameCenter, NFL Sunday Ticket, Sony Entertainment Network, MLB.TV and DLNA that offer a range of video content from movies to television shows to live sport footages. However, it lacks a remote control and all the functions have to be handled with the controllers or a third-party remote/remote adaptor.

Xbox 360 takes a leap ahead with the option of cable media streaming. The user can subscribe to the cable television content, though the channel options are limited.

These devices play the triple role of gaming device, Blu-Ray player and media streamer. However, the prices are high. The PS3, for instance, is available for $249.

Blu-Ray/DVD Players

The likes of Panasonic are entering the same market as well. The only reason why these players are a better choice to gaming consoles is the price. Panasonic DMP-BDT220 is available for $140.

If the user has a huge collection of DVDs and Blu-Ray, the players are the better choice. The services they offer are Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora, DLNA (home media streaming,) DVDs/Blu-ray play, CDs, USB- and SD-based media.

Google Nexus Q

The recently launched device from Google is another story. It has a dual-core processor, a tweaked version of Android and an in-built amplifier. However, the major throwback is the lack of third-party applications. It only sports Google Play, Google Movies and Television, and Google Audio.

The hold off in this case would be hefty price tag, $300. For many reason alike, Nexus Q is not a feasible choice for home theatre.

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