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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:05 pm    Post subject: OT: Viewing movies on TV... Reply with quote

Anyone know of a better setup box that does better than this one?
This doesn't have HDMI amongst other limitations...

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-FreeAgent-Portable-External-ST905004CEA1E1-RK/dp/B001U885IK

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure if this will work for you, but I've been using this:

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Network-ready-Player-WDBAAN0000NBK-NESN/dp/B002KKFP9Y/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1296495265&sr=1-2

Bought mine refurb for ~$60-70 or so. Plays just about everything that I have on my 1TB portable drive, other than RMV/RMVB (which I don't have any of, but not sure about you, considering that some asian entertainment comes in this format). I like the fact that it can read just about everything and I no longer have to convert from mkv/ogm to avi or whatever formats. Video connection is via HDMI and audio via toslink.

I also hacked it to use a different firmware and added moviesheets; not for some people, since it can look kind of busy. Below are a couple samples of the movie sheets that I made for the hacked firmware.






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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These have HDMI

Player with HDD: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002N8A1GA/
Player only: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002MZZWT0/
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a Mac Mini.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a PS3 + DLNA.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Acer Revo for me

http://www.amazon.com/Acer-AspireRevo-AR3700-U3002-Compact-Desktop/dp/B00433SP6G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1296607057&sr=8-1
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have a western digital live TV and a pc running boxee. both work well, but the WD is obviously much easier to set up.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS3 all the way...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TIVO HD for netflix.
One Generation back desktop computer with wireless mounted behind the flat panel for everything else. Wireless ibm keyboard/mouse unit (blackberry size) for controls.

Technically the desktop computer was "free" as it was my previous desktop. But if you don't have something like that the price can obvious be higher...
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ibn wrote:
Not sure if this will work for you, but I've been using this:

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Network-ready-Player-WDBAAN0000NBK-NESN/dp/B002KKFP9Y/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1296495265&sr=1-2


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fabian231 wrote:
PS3 all the way...


i was using the ps3 + ps3 media server as a prior setup. it worked so-so for me, required a fast computer and didn't seem to play as many media files for me. if you have a ps3 already, it's definitely worth trying as ps3 media server is free. but YMMV-
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A net top with a GPU would be able to play almost anything if not all media formats. Plus you will have functional web browser Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been trying several methods myself and so far the best has been Apple TV 2. I hear its been hacked for XMBC so I might do that after I feel its stable. I have Itunes on a stand-alone media server
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ended up with the Western Digital WD TV Live Hub 1 TB Media Center

Works exactly how I wanted it. Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My popcorn hour can do just that, these guys started consoles that we see being sold today. This outfit used to support pirates only and known in torrents sites Smile Some torrent files can't be played, with popular players, one in particular is Western Digital. WD's raw and analog is not in par. There are some movies that gets stuck in the middle of a movie. Bothers the HELL out of me, however RIPs can play fine, BluRay is a hit and miss, mostly hits, but if ripped in funky format.

Subtitles is also a problem, with the commercial devices, such as.

* SRT
* SMI
* SUB
* SSA

Popcorn hour allows me to rename the subtitle file for example, SSA to a most common SRT.

Here's popcorn hour: http://www.popcornhour.com/onlinestore/
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