Given the recent trouble I had with the WDTV Streaming being unable to handle a range of mkv files, and wanting a backup/portable option, I got the HD Media Player box on ebay (item 321113139276 for $15) . . . the one with hard buttons on the top in addition to a remote. The dang thing handles more mkv's than the WDTV Streaming could, all for 15 bucks. No glitches, DTS and others pass through just fine to my Denon DTS capable receiver. However, I wanted something with Wifi capability, and the Blue Times c500b (http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Bluetimes-C500B-3D-Android-1080p-H-264-MKV-WiFi-Network-USB-3-0-HDMI-TV-Box/702748_812362634.html
) seemed like a good option. Now I don't have time for an extensive review, so here's what I could ascertain in my limited time before trying to get it returned (still in process of resolution):
1. It handles every file so far including a wide range of mkv's with various frame rates, audio, compression . . . mkv's that WDTV can't handle, this could.
2. Has USB 3.0 and 2.0 but more interestingly, SATA II . . . they even provide the cable that has data and power supplied from the media player. Just plug it into an SATA drive and boom! It can read the files and play them. Not pretty or fancy, but works.
3. No manual, but can figure it out with minimal problem
4. The deal breaker: The Wifi setup was easy, but nonfunctional. Web browsing not an option (it's there, but greyed out). The one simple thing I definitely would want was access to youtube- Not only did the interface with youtube routinely freeze, it required a hard reboot (i.e. unplugging power and plugging it back in). No amount of remote adjustment would respond once it locked up. This was 100% reproducible with every attempt at Youtube. I didn't even bother attempting streaming or anything else . . . if this basic functionality isn't there and requires hard rebooting, it goes back.
Hence, I didn't have time to check DTS, ac3, sound pass throughs, other extensive files, photo display etc. However, given the above, would you still be interested even at $70?
Will keep you apprised on how the return goes. They do communicate promptly. When I told them about the above, the response was that "it's mainly a media player". I think they already knew the Wifi functionality was badly implemented off the realtek 1186 chipset.