jlsoaz wrote:Satnamji wrote:jlsoaz wrote:
If they don't offer a combined all-media device, or most media, I think someone else might. Dunno if it will make money.
"Someone" already does, Samsung, in the form of their last two blu-ray players which do Netflix and Pandora, Tivo HD (which does Netflix, Amazon, and Rhapsody), and the PS3, which even without PlayOn software, can do Hulu, Pandora, YouTube, and others through its Internet browser. Most of those players are much more expensive, but they are out there and media streaming is the new "value added" feature many TVs and blu-ray players are offering. As a PS3 owner, I actually would not have bought a Roku if PlayOn was a little more stable and could do HD.
Good to know all these things. Do you know of any that can stream or play local MP3 or video or picture files from one's own network? Of can they only play from those sites on the net? It sounds like with something that has a browser, I could in theory may be upload to a passworded website link and then download to my TV, if I wanted to play them that way?
From experience I can say the PS3 definitely allows streaming of photo, music, and video files from your computer's harddrive over your network. There are many other DLNA compliant devices out there, including TVs that let you view photos from your computer without uploading to a 3rd party web site. I believe there's been some discussion in these forums as to whether the Roku is capable of acting as a DLNA device.