Tufflaw wrote:Thanks everyone for the Plex info, I had heard of this before, after that first reply I thought I was wrong, luckily I checked back.
ATV 2 w/XBMC has been the main thing I've used for a couple years now, and I too got advice from others on here about using Plex with Roku. I bought this same deal a month ago from here hoping to try it out, and installed Plex on my laptop in the meantime to try it out. It's pretty crazy how smooth it is -- I've never been able to get XBMC's "library" functionality to scrape correctly (so just use "files"), but this added great metadata in what seems like a much smarter way than XBMC. Plus if you use MyPlex, it's browser-accessible.
I will probably always use XBMC because it's so robust (I've been using OPENelec on Raspberry Pi more and more too), but this is a smooth and inexpensive alternative -- and probably more intuitive for many.
One thing you should note as a local media-streamer: PLEX server is only compatible with a handful of brand name NASs -- that is, "installable". I was discouraged, but quickly learned that installing it on a home PC and including folders in mapped network drives works wonderfully
Sad note / disclaimer: I went out of town and on;y opened up the box to play with the Roku XD this week, and it was DOA. I've never had a refurb device arrive that won't even power on before (and I'm cheap and get lots of refurb gadgets). I was shocked since it's a single circuit board, but tried everything to no avail. Unfortunately, it had been over 21 days, so Woot's DOA policy had expired and I'm out of luck (although I see above that it may be worth contacting Roku?). Regardless, I've used them before and would still recommend Roku generally, but obviously haven't been able to test local streaming with Plex on this unit.
TL;DR If you can afford it, this would be fun to play with, and does 1080 with no jail breaking