Newbie here. I apologize in advance if there is an abundance of this information already available.
I am looking for a home media solution. I am wanting to purchase some sort of storage device, to save all of my media to, and can have it permanently connected to my TV, as so that I can watch my videos / music at all times, while not tying up my other devices. Hopefully I described what I am looking for correctly, but in case i didnt, below I will share my thought process.
Recently I've been downloading torrents to the girlfriends netbook, and using a VGA cable, I use our TV as a monitor to watch the movies we've downloaded. I understand that this is not even close to a solution, but it works. I am getting close to filling her hard drive, as it is only 80 GB. My first solution, was to buy a large external hard drive, and just saving our media files to it, and using it as a dedicated media drive. However, I would like to be able to not tie up her netbook, while watching movies. So my next thought, was to salvage an older and outdated PC somewhere, putting a large HD into it, and setting it up next to my computer and use it as a dedicated media computer, used solely for playing videos/music to my tv. My friend had said something about getting a NAS (Network storage device), and apple tv box, and using both of them together would be a solution.
Can anyone else describe what they've done or what they would recommend?
Thank you in advance!