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Cheap ($150 or lower) HTPC for Flash/Netflix/Videos

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January 18, 2012 5:34:31 PM

Hello,
Im looking to build a really cheap HTPC to play Hulu(flash)/Netflix/Videos(MKV,AVI) 1080p system.

I have a copy of windows 7, or open to use a linux based OS.

I would like to get it as small as possible, like a mini-ITX mobo/case. A dual-core celeron processor.

Help me with some directions please.
January 18, 2012 5:44:54 PM

Impossible for such a little amount of money.. get a roku box.
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January 18, 2012 5:50:03 PM

Save some more money or get a new dvd player and hook it to your tv.
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January 18, 2012 6:00:24 PM

Get the Western Digital TV Streaming Media Player. Its $100 plays Netflix and many many file formats.
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January 19, 2012 7:00:35 PM

Thanks for the replies, the roku box is a no go cuz it will not stream local content. WD live will not let me play hulu, but its my backup choice.

@inzone the dvd player does not work on any option, but thanks for the thought you put into that reply.
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January 19, 2012 7:11:57 PM

I have a Blue Ray dvd player that connects to the internet and I can get Netflix , Amazon , Hulu and a whole list of other options for streaming movies and tv shows. Is there a reason it won't work for you?
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January 19, 2012 7:29:16 PM

But can your blu-ray player stream local content?
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January 19, 2012 8:49:56 PM

By local content do you mean from another device or computer connected to the network? It can do that.
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January 19, 2012 8:59:22 PM

Sounds nice.... what's the make and model?
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January 19, 2012 9:20:26 PM

Sony BDP-S570 and once you connect it to your network it see's everything on the network and you can play what is in your shared folder for music and video.
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January 27, 2012 2:12:49 PM

Thanks for the responses the DVD player is decent alternative to WD Live with a Blu-Ray. However I ended up getting
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2Gb Ram and I had an old 20gb laptop drive, since it is mostly a streaming machine.
This way I can stream local media content, watch Hulu (without plus) and Netflix.
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January 27, 2012 2:13:47 PM

Best answer selected by p5harma.
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