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How Can I Watch Server-Stored Movies on My TV?
A homeowner wants to know what types of products and companies can help him view server-stored media on his TV.
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July 21, 2009 by Robert Archer

Q. Is it possible to connect a TV to a server? For example, if i want to run some movies from the server or maybe some games, and if it’s possible, what things would i need in order to make it?—Ricardo, Del.

A. There are lots of things that you can do. An easy solution would be to purchase Apple TV or a Mac Mini. There are lots of hardware and software available that support these products’ ability to run in a media server capacity.

On the PC side of the market there’s Microsoft’s Media Center platform, which is supported by a number of mainstream and specialty manufacturers. These media center computers can be run in tandem with extenders or even products like the Xbox 360, which can act like an extender. Media Center PC manufacturers include companies like HP. The extender category, which allows users to stream content from their PCs, includes products from companies like D-Link and Linksys.

The dedicated specialty Media Center server companies include Niveus, Russound and Exceptional Innovation.

The other category to look at is the entertainment server market. These manufacturers use proprietary operating systems and user interfaces.

Some of the leading brands used by custom electronics pros in this space include Kaleidescape, ReQuest Multimedia and Escient. In addition there are companies like Fusion Research, Sunfire and Colorado vNet that offer products in this space.

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Robert Archer - Senior Editor, CE Pro
Bob is a dedicated audiophile who has been writing about A/V for Electronic House sister publication CE Pro since 2000.

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