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Old 09-14-2013, 09:02 AM
 
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True, good points, my friend!
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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BTW, you can always just connect your computer directly to your TV...
The only point I'd disagree with; for whatever reason, a PC doesn't qualify as an HD device for most (all?) Prime Movies and TV.
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Who said anything about HD? It would certainly work just fine.
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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The only point I'd disagree with; for whatever reason, a PC doesn't qualify as an HD device for most (all?) Prime Movies and TV.
Why wouldn't it?

My living room setup consists of a HTPC with a DVI output to an a/v receiver, which outputs the video via DVI to my TV. The a/v keeps the audio stream (actually, I think it passes it through to the TV, but we keep the TV volume at 0). We use Windows Media Center on Win7 as the TV app, which uses two HD Homerun Prime boxes on the network as tuners. We have no problems with HD content coming through the cablecards - the setup maintains integrity of the digital signal all the way to the TV, and is compliant with all the copy protection BS they require for use with digital cable.

That said, we use a Roku for Amazon & Netflix. There is/was an add-in for Media Center for Netflix, but it sucked, and there was nothing for the other services we used/wanted to use, so we got the Roku. But I don't see why we wouldn't be able to view content on the HTPC at the same quality as the Roku. If you know something I don't, please share.
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Why wouldn't it?

My living room setup consists of a HTPC with a DVI output to an a/v receiver, which outputs the video via DVI to my TV. The a/v keeps the audio stream (actually, I think it passes it through to the TV, but we keep the TV volume at 0). We use Windows Media Center on Win7 as the TV app, which uses two HD Homerun Prime boxes on the network as tuners. We have no problems with HD content coming through the cablecards - the setup maintains integrity of the digital signal all the way to the TV, and is compliant with all the copy protection BS they require for use with digital cable.

That said, we use a Roku for Amazon & Netflix. There is/was an add-in for Media Center for Netflix, but it sucked, and there was nothing for the other services we used/wanted to use, so we got the Roku. But I don't see why we wouldn't be able to view content on the HTPC at the same quality as the Roku. If you know something I don't, please share.
This is actually an Amazon issue, not an HTPC issue. (We run basically the same setup as you, and consume almost entirely HD content).

Amazon limits what devices they allow HD streams on (for the Prime content), and the PC doesn't qualify. Not sure why, but they don't.
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Who said anything about HD? It would certainly work just fine.
Good point, but I assumed that since the OP is currently getting the content in HD, they would want to continue getting it in HD.
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:31 AM
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NO, it costs me $99 because I have to buy an Apple TV for Youtube and lynda.com videos.
Most TVs these days have multiple HDMI inputs. Do you have something against putting the Roku on one input and an Apple TV on another input?

I think you're going to have to go with some lesser platform, like a Netgear NeoTV, to get everything you want in a single box. Here's a chart that shows which devices support which services.

http://blog.streamingmedia.com/wp-co...hart-MayV1.pdf
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Old 09-17-2013, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Saw this, looks like you can use Airplay now:

Amazon upgrades iOS App for Apple TV; Amazon TV Box Scheduled for Fall - Peter Kafka - Media - AllThingsD
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:46 AM
 
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Yep, that solved the issue. However, I decided to stick with my Roku because by using the app TWONKY, I am able to seamlessly broadcast Lynda.com videos just like if I was using Airplay.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:54 AM
 
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Why wouldn't it?

My living room setup consists of a HTPC with a DVI output to an a/v receiver, which outputs the video via DVI to my TV. The a/v keeps the audio stream (actually, I think it passes it through to the TV, but we keep the TV volume at 0). We use Windows Media Center on Win7 as the TV app, which uses two HD Homerun Prime boxes on the network as tuners. We have no problems with HD content coming through the cablecards - the setup maintains integrity of the digital signal all the way to the TV, and is compliant with all the copy protection BS they require for use with digital cable.

That said, we use a Roku for Amazon & Netflix. There is/was an add-in for Media Center for Netflix, but it sucked, and there was nothing for the other services we used/wanted to use, so we got the Roku. But I don't see why we wouldn't be able to view content on the HTPC at the same quality as the Roku. If you know something I don't, please share.
Your receiver switches HDMI, not DVI.
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