MythTV Community Eyeing Roku Netflix Player Box after GPL Code Release

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It appears that Roku might be smarter than we give them credit for. The company has just released GPL code for its $99.99 Netflix Player that’s got the hacker community buzzing — in particular, the MythTV community. MythTV developers are sizing up the Netflix Player box and coming to the conclusion that it’ll make a perfect low-cost, HD capable MythTV front-end. According to the specs, Netflix Player runs Linux, provides connectivity via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, can decode MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 / DivX / H.264 / JPEG, and offers HDMI out at 1080i or 720p. Sounds ideal to me. Now the hard part for the developers is figuring out how to port existing code from a project like MediaMVP Media Center or starting from scratch. All in all, pretty exciting stuff. [via/via/via]

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  • Dave Pokorney

    What I would like to see is a lightweight protocol that would allow me to stream content from my MacBook, desktop, anyone dropping by the home with something to share – whatever! to the Roku sitting on the same network at home.