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January 20th, 2008, 05:39 PM
Hi All,

A question not strictly related to ubuntu or linux but more of a general hardware query. I have recently seen the Freecom Mediaplayer;


Which looks like an exciting, purpose built product. My queries are;

1. Has any one had any experience of the above product?
2. Has anyone ever used anything similar by a.n.other manufacturer (such as Linksys, BOSE et al)?
3. I know its possible to build something myself, and the challenge would be intersting, but would it save me any time/space/money/cables across living room in transforming an old PC into such a device?

It would be fun if there were a complete upto date set of instructions for creating such a modern DIY device; buy this, plug it in there, load this o/s software, there you go. A bit like the late 1940s where people could build a radio from scratch

January 23rd, 2008, 09:35 PM
The Playstation 3 has this capability. I use MediaTomb on my Linux Box to stream to it and it works out of the box, no hacks to the PS3 or anything.

There's also LinuxMCE (Kubuntu-based) and the pre-built Fiire equipment to go with it.



January 23rd, 2008, 10:25 PM
There's the Neuros OSD. Runs Linux and seems to have a nice community building around it. Haven't tried it, but it's on my list of things to buy.


January 23rd, 2008, 10:27 PM
thanks for the reply dgray.

Cant afford a playstation3. The fiire kit looks awesome, though a little over budget at 400. I am still swayed by the freecom unit

January 23rd, 2008, 10:50 PM
yeah i want the same thing.. though the reviews where kinda bad about it so im hesitating.. i also found some other intersting ones...

http://www.storex.eu/storex/htm/scripts/produit.asp?categorie_produit=Disque%20dur%20multi m%FDdia&nom_produit=AivX-380HDRW&num_cat=11

I wish there was something like XBMC in this kind of thing.. cause now its all closed firmware and have to wait for support of manufacturer for codecs.. and i dont understand why they only use the firmware and not use hdd to store bigger app on it, like xbmc.

January 23rd, 2008, 10:53 PM
the neuros looks great and small! is there a hardrive in there?

January 25th, 2008, 08:54 AM
the neuros looks great and small! is there a hardrive in there?

Does not look like it.. it says you need to hookup as memory card or hdd...

I wonder how the codec support is and if it has HDMI. Full HD Support.

January 26th, 2008, 07:27 AM
The TVIX units look pretty tasty, although in my head the Freecom still ticks all the boxes

January 28th, 2008, 04:49 PM
The TVIX units look pretty tasty, although in my head the Freecom still ticks all the boxes

did you get it? and are you happy with it? i heard loading times where very high (epcially boot) .. and could not play all files ok.. And that the remote is ********. You need to point it exactly at the machine, and you need to press the buttons hard.

January 29th, 2008, 07:19 PM
No mech i didnt get it yet, waiting for a job to pay off before i take the plunge. I have experienced crappy remote controls before, all the freeview boxes (except out 35 phillips model) have had naff remotes. The best remote I have owned is for my current Sony DVD player; you can point it anywhere in the room and it still sends the signal (or receives the signal).

I digress, I have also looked at this from the other side of the fence, from a traditional 'HI-FI' sense;


There is another Cambridge unit on there as well but couldnt find it and phillips do something similar to a soundbridge. Hi-Fi seperates with manufacturer mods that allow internal storage for digital media looks like a great idea. no-one is doing ti to great success/quality/price point