I have three kids of various ages and conflicting tastes in movies. We take a lot of long, multi-day trips. I'd like to setup an in-vehicle video distribution system and library. I'm asking for feedback and suggestions on how best to do it.
Here's what I have so far:
: I'll just put everything on a 1tb USB 2.5" drive.
: 99% of my stuff is either plain vanilla Divx or Nero Digital MP4. It all works on the lowest-level Popcorn Hour A100
media streamers in my home.
: I'm looking at either the Option X.1
or the Option Globalsurfer III
. Both will act as a file server if you plug a usb drive into them.
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: I've experimented with the Azul media player for iPad. It'll play all of the Divx that I've tried it with so far. Of course, the iPad can handle MP4 natively. I use an app called FileBrowser to pull files over my home Wifi network. It works fine, except that it insists on downloading the entire file before it begins to play. I think that this is a limitation of iOS and thus may never be any better.XOOM
: I don't have one of these yet, so it's hard to judge, but I guess that a Xoom would work at least as well as an iPad.
I am concerned that the router can stream three separate video files to three separate users simultaneously. I don't know whether the bottleneck would be the usb drive, the router or simply Wifi in a moving car. If I can't stream 3:3 then this is not worth the time/effort/money to put together.Your thoughts and suggestions?
Don't be shy to suggest a radically different approach.