As more content becomes available online, the need for a traditional television subscription may not be enough anymore to justify the costs. If you’re already subscribed to services like Netflix or Hulu Plus, now may be the time to make the switch. You will still need a computer or system that can access all of that content for you — more commonly, it’s called a media streamer or a home theatre PC. We got a Roku 3 to review and give away to a lucky reader, so let’s see whether it lives up to the hype!
Yes – I’m a digital hoarder – and my hard drive was so full I had to buy a 4TB NAS. Movies, music, photos, eBooks, stock footage — I just know I’ll get around to watching, listening, reading or making use of them someday. Without the proper tools (or counselling, probably) a collection like that can quickly grow out of hand. But I’m not here to judge – no, I’m going to enable you. These tools should help, at least until you realise it’s time to purge yourself of these meaningly virtual things.
I’ve spent the last 5 years of my life searching for it and countless thousands of dollars in the process. I’m talking of course about the holy grail – the ultimate media center. Truth be told, I still haven’t found it. There is no one solution that suits all my needs, that can do everything and do it with panaché – but some of these 5 hardware options certainly come close.
Over the years, I’ve tried my hand at a number of media center software alternatives. Some people swear by XBMC, or swore by Boxee before it stopped developing the Boxee desktop application. In the end, I always come back to Plex. Plex has matured a lot. Now, it’s not only on of the most eye-catching media center applications, it’s a easy to use solution I would recommend to most people looking to build a media center.