Random Thoughts > Hulu Plus
My media center/entertainment center is in constant flux.
The configuration a month ago was:
– 42″ HP HD television
– GE DVD Player
– ROKU Player
– Sony 5.1 Receiver/Surround Sound System
Since then, I have made some upgrades:
– Vizio Wireless Blu-Ray Player
– ROKU 2 Player
– Pioneer 5.1 3D Receiver/Surround Sound with HDMI
– Playstation 2
I pulled my two game units out of storage and wired them up. I took a trip down to the used video game store and picked up 5-6 games for under $50 total. That should keep me occupied. The Pioneer unit was a great deal off of Amazon.com. List price is $400, but I picked it up for $140. The Vizio unit was an upgrade for BLU-RAY, and the ROKU-2 was an upgrade so I could play Angry Birds.
NOW – this weekend found me hooking up the new surround system. I kept the same speakers (upgrade later) and honestly – it was a bear. One of the HDMI cables I had was defective which threw everything off, and I was confused about the on-screen instructions to get for the speaker set up. BUT – once I got it working right, the speakers adjusted themselves and everything is working.
I also pulled an old desktop PC out of the closed (I did a lot of cleaning of that closet. Half the Jeep is filled with stuff to be tossed out) and was trying to get some sort of Ubuntu software running on it. I had a PC a while back, but I broke it. The reason I want to get the new software on it, I want to add XMBC, a media center software on it to stream music, movies, etc. I also want an avenue to watch Hulu Plus and the programs only available via the Web on the big television.
I was struggling all weekend. It looks as though the harddrives are shot. Aargghh… I didn’t get it working this weekend. There’s always next weekend.