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post #1 of 2 Old 12-10-2008, 09:45 PM - Thread Starter
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So I guess i am a bit slow to the game as i just figured out a way to save room with my dvd collection. THe problem is before i sink some money into the idea I am trying to figure out the best configuration. So here is what i am trying to do, hopefully someone can help.

I have 2 1.5TB SATA HD's, I plan on loading all of my DVD's onto these hard drives with the help of AnyDVD. So thats the easy part.

Now I have a coulpe options to go, I can get a media reciever that can play the DVD's but is there a media reciever that has a nice GUI where it will show the DVD cover?

I love how http://www.mymovies.dk does it but that leaves me going another route. this would require an actual PC hooked up to my receiver. But i want this to be a server, so i can access it from multiple TV's.

So i guess what i want is a Server that is hidden away out of sight, and then have some terminals setup at each TV, and from the TV i can access a nice GUI not just a list of DVD titles. Oh and of course i want 1080p video and Dolby TrueHD audio capabilities, just in case I want to start doing Blueray as well.

I hope there is some evil genius out there who has an answer for me.
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There are 3rd party tools for NMT (Networked Media Tank) and TVix media receivers that can render a nice info-pages of all your movies and give a simple GUI showing all the DVD covers. This means that you'd need one NMT/TViX per TV and a server hosting all the files in your (W)LAN.

NMT & TViX: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=951350
NMT only: http://www.treasure-cove.net/moviejukebox.htm
TViX only: http://www.tvixie.com

Personally I'm using a TViX 6500HD which is streaming stuff over the LAN from a mac mini with external HDs attached to it. All the DVDs are ripped as ISOs and they play very nicely. Depending on the format that you've ripped the DVDs there might be some limitations on the functionalities available (for example rewinding).

A simple way to estimate your space needs is x 7Gb. My ~350 disc collection took about 2,5Tb of space as ISO rips.
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