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Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Xstreamhd to Beam 1080p Movies, Music, HDTV & Games via Satellite

by Lambert Varias
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I can imagine how a streaming service can send movies, HDTV, and high-quality music to homes, but games as well? Hmmm. That’s what XStreamHD claim they will provide, apparently via Care Bear satellite beams.

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Seriously though, XStreamHD’s got a lot on their hands, and I’m not just talking about their patent-pending technologies. One, the company claims that they will be able to provide their customers with movies even before DVD-copies become available. (Sorta like torrenting, but in a legal & paid manner). Two, the service claims to work its HD magic by pre-fetching content at resolutions up to 1080p with DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio tracks.

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Three, XStreamHD claims that their software can “learn” user preferences so that it can predict and select future content for the user. Four- and this is where I need some enlightenment that XStream’s introductory video unfortunately did not provide – XStreamHD claims that they will stream games. What kind of games? Will these be tied to current consoles or *gasp* standalone games?

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What we do know right now (pdf brochure) is that the basic XStreamHD set-up requires a satellite and server (up to 2 TB internal storage; expansion via eSATA available) for receiving and archiving the media that customers select and a media receiver connected to a TV to access the downloaded content. But if you own a DLNA-compatible device such as an HDTV, Blu-ray player, a PS3 or Xbox 360,  then those can be used in place of the Media Receiver to watch or listen to the downloaded stuff.

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It’s still too early to tell if XStreamHD can pull this off or not, but I think we can all of this – hardware, software, & streaming service – to be anything but cheap. What do you guys think? Is it possible? Guess I’ll have to be content with my XtremelyPlainSD 21″ TV and its XtremelyAnalog Indoor Antenna for now.



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