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Old 05-14-2013, 08:15 PM   #41
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does something like the WD live or any of the other devices allow me to go to sites like Discovery Channel, CBC, etc... and watch some of their videos or would I be better off hooking a laptop to the TV to do stuff like that?
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This one seems quite interesting although I haven't looked into it much. It has a built in browser so I'd be able to access the net and hopefully be able to download video content from sites like CBC, Discovery, etc.... it even has wi-fi since I don't have an ethernet cable where the TV is.

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...rchPageIndex=1
I'd spend the extra $90 and get a Boxee box. It has a bunch of channels, pretty sure CTV, CBC and Discovery are in there among others. You only get the resolution that is available on the channels website though which wouldn't look great on a really big TV. You can also access youtube, netflix, MLB, internet radio, comedy channel, etc etc. plus your own network shared files.
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX31175

Edit: Just looked, CBC is there as well as NHL Gamecentre but I don't see CTV or Discovery. There are 258 stock apps installed so they might be there somewhere. Pretty sure I've watched a Discovery show though, might have just browsed to the website and watched the video that way.

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Old 05-15-2013, 08:28 AM   #42
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The Boxee Box looks very interesting too. Is there a listing online somewhere of the channels it is able to connect to? A quick look online though shows a number of people complaining about channels disappearing or no longer being able to play video from certain channels. Is this still the case? Most of these types of posts were from a year or two ago.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:41 AM   #43
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Boxee box has been discontinued I believe. I think the Roku is really the market leader and best best bet for future support and all that for now.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:45 AM   #44
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Honestly I've rarely used many of the apps. It looks like they are mostly listed here.
http://boxeeappreviews.com/
I use it for streaming from a NAS box and for Youtube mainly.

Hadn't heard about it being discontinued, it's still for sale.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:07 AM   #45
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I rarely ever watch TV. When I do, the following combination works like a charm.

NHL Game Center Live
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No games are in-market anymore. You can stream every single NHL game. It's beautiful.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:35 AM   #46
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And you are able to watch any playoff game of your choosing?
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:02 PM   #47
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And you are able to watch any playoff game of your choosing?
Yes - I've been watching the playoffs on my ipad with no issues at all. Quality buffers happen once or twice a game (quality dips, no stoppage in play), but it doesn't both me too much.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:26 PM   #48
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I picked up an amplified antenna and a Panasonic media player at lunch. I'll give it a try over the weekend and see how I like it.

https://panasonic.ca/english/audiovi...s/DMPMST60.asp
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:05 PM   #49
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well... it's going back tomorrow. it's very slow, the web browser is painful and won't play video from any sites because they require Flash. it's hard to navigate online and awful trying to type without any sort of keypad. the built in apps are completely useless. on the plus side, Netflix works fine and my Wi-Fi is fast enough for streaming from it. I think the best thing to do would be to hook a cheap laptop up to my TV or pick up a wifi card and wireless keyboard/mouse for my old PC and use that.

It has also froze up on me 3 times in the last hour and I had to unplug it.
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:37 PM   #50
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Jeez, not having much luck. Today I picked up a Terk amplified antenna but could still only get 2 of 3 channels (same as my rabbit ears). Both the amplified RCA from yesterday and the amplified Terk could get around 88 - 95% signal compared to about 65% with the rabbit ears but I couldn't tell any difference in picture quality and the rabbit ears seemed to cut out a lot less than the 2 amplified ones.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:23 PM   #51
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For me, it comes down to sports. If it wasn't for that, I'd probably ditch it. But to ditch cable entirely and watch Flames and playoff hockey on those ****** internet and game centre streams to save the money? I'm not there yet.

Until it's as good of quality as watching on my TV in HD, with no lag or choppiness or any issues during a game, I won't do it. Right now, you get the odd game that looks kind of close to the quality you'd get from cable, but to rely on that garbage for a whole season of hockey and other sports? No way, cables still worth the money for that alone, imo.

Plus, channel surfing. I still find interesting shows on Discovery and other channels from lazy Sunday surfing (mind you, they're becoming more rare with all the reality shows taking over).
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:34 AM   #52
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Jeez, not having much luck. Today I picked up a Terk amplified antenna but could still only get 2 of 3 channels (same as my rabbit ears). Both the amplified RCA from yesterday and the amplified Terk could get around 88 - 95% signal compared to about 65% with the rabbit ears but I couldn't tell any difference in picture quality and the rabbit ears seemed to cut out a lot less than the 2 amplified ones.
Back when I used to experiment a lot with this kind of thing, the Terk amplifieds were pretty much thought of as garbage. Your problem sounds like multi path, and the amplification probably makes it worse and that is why it cuts out. I've heard good things about this one lately
http://www.amazon.com/Mohu-Leaf-Pape...ywords=antenna

In some areas though, a roof mounted antenna with a rotor is going to be your only option.
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:35 AM   #53
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Cancelling my TV package for the summer again this Friday, unless they offer a similar incentive to stay ($9.95/month with the major sports channels in HD).

No antenna options here for me in a condo.
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:47 AM   #54
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I watch a lot of stuff through Amazon Prime. There are still things you'd have to pay for even with Prime, but enough free stuff to keep me happy, like nature shows and lots of stuff not on Netflix.

My tv is a 42" plasma that's about 6 years old so I don't notice too much quality loss. Sometimes though it does bug me ;(
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:55 AM   #55
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I was playing around with the antenna last night and was able to get CBC and CTV in around 95% without any cutting out. If I moved the antenna upstairs on top of a shelf I could get Global to hold around 36% and the picture was HD quality even at 36%. So I think for my area I would need the antenna in the attic our outside to get a reliable Global signal. Outside would likely be easier for routing the wire but if it was in the attic at least it wouldn't have to deal with the weather. Plus, I've never been up in our attic but have the feeling it would be creepy up there.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:37 PM   #56
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well... it's going back tomorrow. it's very slow, the web browser is painful and won't play video from any sites because they require Flash. it's hard to navigate online and awful trying to type without any sort of keypad.
At the risk of beating a dead horse the Boxee plays flash and has a full qwerty keyboard on the back of the remote.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:06 PM   #57
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At the risk of beating a dead horse the Boxee plays flash and has a full qwerty keyboard on the back of the remote.
+1

If you don't have or can't get a jailbroken Apple TV2 then the Boxee is the next best option.
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Old 05-21-2013, 02:33 AM   #58
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At the risk of beating a dead horse the Boxee plays flash and has a full qwerty keyboard on the back of the remote.
I'll look into it again. My concern though was that I couldn't find a list of available 'channels' for Canada and the sales person told me it didn't have a browser so I wasn't sure how I'd access online content on Discovery mainly (I'm a Daily Planet fan) but also HGTV, CBC, CTV, and Global
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At the risk of beating a dead horse the Boxee plays flash and has a full qwerty keyboard on the back of the remote.
Article about it being discontinued and no longer updated.

http://deviceguru.com/r-i-p-boxee-box/
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:52 AM   #60
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At the risk of beating a dead horse the Boxee plays flash and has a full qwerty keyboard on the back of the remote.
I was getting my boxes mixed up. Roku is the one I'll look into since Boxee is being discontinued. Found a site that talks about Canadian Plex Channels for the Roku and they talk about HGTV, CTV, Global, City, etc.... I'm assuming it's free to add plex channels. Does anyone know for sure?
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