FetchTV SmartBox 8320HD
The FetchTV box is one of the few Freeview+HD recorders to make extensive use of a net connection. It has a 320GB hard disk for TV recording, and wired and wireless internet access. There’s media streaming to grab AV content from networked computers or other FetchTV boxes shared on a home Lan, plus free catch-up from BBC iPlayer and a fair selection of pay-per-view on-demand films and programmes, which are also available on some smart TV platforms. You can access Sky Go if you have a subscription - there is a dish-less option. The user interface is about to get a major revamp, while developer IP Vision has ambitious plans, so it’s definitely one to watch.
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Humax HDR-FOX T2
Like the FetchTV, the popular HDR-FOX T2 partners internet extras with Freeview HD recording on a 500GB or, for a bit more money, a 1TB hard drive. You can share AV files over your home network, though it doesn’t play as many formats as we’d like. BBC iPlayer was added through a 2011 firmware update but as of January 2012 the Sky equivalent, Sky Go, has failed to appear in the product’s TV Portal, despite being promised some time ago. So, it doesn’t score as highly in terms of IPTV as for its Freeview prowess - as a Freeview HD DVR, I'd give it 85 per cent. However, there is an unofficial custom firmware, which provides the absent Sky feature among other useful things.
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It's not exactly an off the shelf option but I'm waiting to see how XBMC on RaspberryPi turns out...
You can't fix it at a Windows level because it's not a Windows problem - there are tens of millions of HDMI monitors out there that work just fine with Windows, and wake and resume properly. TVs, though, until recently, weren't built for that sort of thing, and tend not to cooperate as well with Windows as we all might like.
nothing here that cannot be done in xbmc. Infact right now I have 11 HD streaming channels via rtmp on a single addon. iplayer, itv player ,demand5, tvcatchup 4od too. thats a lot of streaming. Add it to XBMC's awesome library sauce. stick it all on a sub £200 nettop and hand the mrs the remote.
It's the fiddling that makes it so much fun! Oooer missus!
Apple, then Boxee, then BT Vision, etc, through to WDTV. It's alphabetical order, in case you hadn't noticed.