Xbox 360 Media Centers
I watch most of my favorite TV shows on Hulu these days. What that means is that I need a way to get my hulu onto my TV in the living room. There are quite a few ways that i have considered doing this. I used to use a Mac mini as a HTPC, controlling it with either a laptop via VNC or using Boxee and the infared remote. This worked out great.
I liked that I had my favorite episode of 30 Rock right alongside The Totally Rad Show. It brings warmth into my heart to combine old and new media. It feels like the world, the way it should be. Anyway, I moved on from the Mac mini and I have been looking to recreate the living room media center experience ever since.
A few weeks ago a friend introduced me to Playon and TVersity. They work both about the same and they both have the same big problem, if you internet media halts for any reason, you can’t navigate back to your place. You usually have to start the show over again. Other than this, however, I am very happy with both. They have a variety of media sources that you can build including Hulu RSS feeds, Youtube feeds, TED talks, etc.
The big kicker is that Hulu doesn’t make the whole experience better. I know that it’s probably not Hulu’s fault as much as it is the networks, but the obvious is going to happen sooner or later. There’s no benefit nor compelling reason to be stuck in a network schedule any more. People want on demand access to whatever show or experience they feel in the mood to watch. We no longer want to tolerate schedules.
Playon and TVersity performed on about the same level. Here are some of my favorite media sources: