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post #1 of 4 Old 04-22-2013, 11:27 AM - Thread Starter
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Greetings! I'm a bit of a noobie at home theater stuff so please forgive me.

I have a good number of video files stored on my PC which my samsung television can play with no problem. However, I recently purchased a 60" vizio television which is much more limited in the file types it will play; for example it won't play .mkv files which is the format many movies are in.

What I'm looking for is a media play that will pretty much play all file types, to connect to my television with an HDMI cable. Ideally it would also be a nas server, as I'd love to be able to access these files from other devices, like my samsung tv. I've tried using DLNA but it doesn't seem to work well as a media server.

Anyone know if a good combination nas/media player exists? If not, how about recommendations for a good media player? Or if I'm on the wrong track here please let me know.


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If you want both the ability to play content directly from the unit and serve files over your network, look into the QNAP NASes. Depending on your budget you can get a nice 2 or 4 bay unit (at least 4 bay recommended) that would connect to your Vizio directly via HDMI, using XBMC as a front end, which would allow your other devices to access the content also across the network (both home and remote).
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WDTV will play mkv and every other format you throw at it.
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-23-2013, 11:03 AM
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^ Just be aware that it won't pass DTS HD if that's important to you...just the loss core with the Live.


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