Help please : building a roku like dlna pc - insight would be appreciated.

Discussion in 'Home Theater PCs & Equipment' started by Criticalhitkoala, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. Criticalhitkoala

    Criticalhitkoala [H]ard|Gawd

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    Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone has some spare wisdom they can share in building a dlna streaming player with a spare pc. Long story short, my Amazon fire player is getting a little old and laggy and I just bought an asrock a300 for fun. Was going to throw a 2200g or 2400g in it and decided to try using it as a media player.

    The only thing we use our fire play for is streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and funimation. I do use 5.1 sound and do have a Dolby atmos reciever with atmos speakers but haven't enabled it other than a few test with a ps4 I believe.

    Before I do some dumb shit and spend and spend, was hoping that one of you could answer these questions for me.

    - should I even bother? Rokus and shields are kinda cheap and they work well. Is using a pc for the same thing even worth the bother?
    - any remote that you recommend?
    - what's the status of atmos now? Last I check it doesn't seem to work on anything but a shield. Windows 10 has the option but when I tried it on my demon reciever last year, it was a complete no go.
    - what software do you recommend to use for a media device?
    - any purchase recommendations?
    -get a local 2200g $60 cash or grab a 2400g?

    Thanks ahead of time all. I have a whole month of free time coming up between work gigs so I wanted a fun summer project. I really appreciate the time and any responses.

    If anyone hasn't had the chance to check out the Asrock A300, I suggest checking them out. I got a used one from Newegg for like $125 shipped. Could be a fun summer project for some of you H peeps.
     
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  2. Krispy Kritter

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    I've not kept track of this after I last looked into it, mainly because of cost (ie: it was much cheaper to simply replace/upgrade the device such as a Roku).

    In any case, what I was looking at I believe was using Android OS to take advantage of the already existing (and frequently updated) apps.
     
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    I've heard that because of this the Shield is pretty much the defacto best device for it's performance and and use of the android excosystem. I do get the a300 in a few days, will try to putz and put something together, and if it doesn't suit my fancy will probably just end up getting a shield.
     
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    I gave up on building my own Roku, because there is no prefect way to integrate a remote with every playback service on PC, and there is no true all-encompassing front-end like Roku's Chanel Browser..

    There's also no standardized buttons you could map to that remote control (i.e. CBS All Access doesn't support Spacebar for pause like many other browser-based media players). Swapping controls for ever service would get annoying quickly.

    This level of annoyance is why I just went with Roku. I still keep the HTPC because I like playing Steam games and playing emulation, and browsing is much easier with a keyboard and mouse plus a real processor!.

    If all you want to do is watch video, then you should just buy a Roku / FireTV
     
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    If hi-res Surround is important (DTS-MA, Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD) and you have an AVR definitely get a Nvidia Shield. If you don't need that- just get a FireTV stick and use VLC.
     
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    I was worried about that with the remote. It's times like this as a pc guy why I realize macs are purchased. It'd because rokus etc just work. My fire was amazing for a long time, it's just a little old now.

    I personally wouldn't mind using the pc for different things. But my wife prefers our media players to be as easy as possible. Hell it took nearly 3 years for me to get her comfortable with using a reciever along with the TV :)
     
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    Right, buy a new Fire TV just for streaming, and then use the PC for anything else (gaming, tv tuner, web browsing)

    I use the computer to record TV shows and serve them over DLNA to the Roku., along with my ripped movie library.
     
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  8. Criticalhitkoala

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    Thanks all. I'll probably still putz about with it but probably will just wait for a shield to drop sub $100 again and go for that. We do have an atmos avr so it might be worth the try.