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post #1 of 5 Old 11-11-2007, 09:24 PM - Thread Starter
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I have a tone of media on my computer. Music, pictures, and 500 gigs of backed-up dvds (Ifo/Vob format). I would love to have some type of device connected to my TV, through network or some other means, to the computer and be able to watch them effortlessly. Something for my parents to use without any complaints. SageTV is out of the question. I don't want something that evolved. Radioshack used to sell a device that connected through a network and to your TV and it would access your computers media to display on the TV. It was clearenced out and I can't find it any more.
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-11-2007, 10:05 PM
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There are what are called "media extenders." I think that's what you're referring to. Something like...


http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-medi...ag=prod.txt.10

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-medi...1.html?tag=pop

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-medi...4.html?tag=pop

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-medi...2.html?tag=pop


I just went with an HTPC, I found the price difference to be minimal. Even with our bloated Canadian pricing, for $450 with tax, I built myself an E2160, 2 GB, P5K-VM in an Antec Fuzion. So, whatever floats your boat really.
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The device you are referring to that RadioShack had was the Hauppauge MVP (which is still available from Hauppauge) which just happens to be the very same 'hardware' that SageTV uses for their 'extender'. The difference is that Sage runs their own software on the Hauppauge device.

The deal breaker for you is that when using the Hauppauge software, it will NOT playback DVD files (the .ifo and .vob) files due to licensing issues (DVD's can't legally be streamed over a network).

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This is cool, do you know of anything that hooks to the TV and allows you remote access to the PC?
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-26-2007, 07:29 PM
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You could take a look at buying an old Xbox and install XBMC to play the files. It should work pretty well as long as you are not playing HD content.
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