Do I need a smart TV, or are the boxes that you can buy any use? It is just I will get more telly for my money if I just buy a non smart tv and a box to stream lovefilm etc to it.
Downloading films to tellybox.
Googles chromecast plugs into the HDMI and does netflix and youtube etc. Not in the UK yet but up at $35US.
After that there is Raspberry Pi running something like XBMC
next up is the lightweight PC or apple TV thing.
I went with the Shuttle XPC slim running Win 7 and XBMC. Great silent and still a full PC running anything and everything I need.
The plan from google for the chromecast is for it to put advertising into the programs that you are watching, so i wouldn't touch that.
MSP » The plan from google for the chromecast is for it to put advertising into the programs that you are watching, so i wouldn't touch that.
at $35 I'd give it a go, the API/SDK is out there so anyone should be able to write apps for it/link to apps so it shouldn't be long before there is a media centre streaming one done (probably add free)
I use an Apply tv. You need good wi fi and a telly with an hdmi. But it does the job of letting you rent or buy films. the only annoying thing is that some listed films are buy only
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