Streaming to Roku?

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  1. red_5

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    The title says it all. I'm almost certain I'll get a Roku LT in the next few weeks, if I can figure out how to stream my movies to it. Suggestions? Who's done it?
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    There's an app for the Roku called Chaneru. It uses a minimal web server to stream your media to your Roku. Chaneru has a desktop app to make the web server half easy, or you can install your own web server and set it up manually.

    I've been streaming my media from a DLink DNS-321 to my Roku for over a year and it works great.
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    I like the sound of that. What formats will Roku support?
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    Everything you need to know. http://www.chaneru.com/

    Bear in mind, there is also an app called Roksbox that is slightly cheaper, but it's a bigger pain to set up, and the interface is ugly as sin. Besides...Chaneru integrates seamlessly with iTunes and iPhoto.
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    Wait... I have to pay for this stuff?
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    Yep... sadly you do, but if you want to stream to your Roku, over the network at least, it is an acceptable one time fee.

    There is a free trial period though to make sure you like it.

    EDIT: For the record, if you are getting a Roku, you will have to pay for just about anything on it. Pretty much anything outright free sucks, and anything good that's free has a monthly subscription, i.e. Netflix, Hulu Plus.

    I have mine set up for Netflix, Hulu Plus, and streaming my several terabytes of vids, and thats all.
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    Well my intention really is just to stream from my Mac. I have a crapload of movies on my hard drive so I'm not worried about subscriptions at all.

    I'd get an AppleTV but they're HD-only.
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    The WDTV Live has built in samba and I think DLNA. Im not a fan of the UI, but it does work.
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    Is that a channel or an alternate streaming box set?
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    That would be an alternative box. It's in the same price range as the Roku and AppleTV.

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