Originally Posted by lkstaack
I have skimmed through these 1,200+ posts and I am still uncertain if the M6620NP will fill all of my multi-media needs. I think it does, but I would like a TViX owner to confirm that the M6620NP has the attributes below.
1. Has an elegant, intuitive and easy to use graphical interface for my family to play the files indicated below. I would like the interface to display album/DVD art and allow for easy sorting by name, artist, genre, etc.
-Play DVD *. VOB files from my local Network Attached Storage (NAS) (HP MediaSmart Server)
-Play BD *.m2ts files from my local NAS
-Play *.MP3 files from my local NAS
-Display *.jpg files from my local NAS. Perhaps a slideshow with music?
Yes to practically everything, except I'm not sure how the slideshow works. Music player is very basic, and the file sorting utility is still undeveloped. For a covert art interface, you have to use a third party program like TViXiE
2. Allows me to easily watch movies and shows from Netflick, Hulu, and Amazon.
No on the streaming services. I suspect any media player with SMB/NFS will have a hard time in the future complying to the license agreement of those content provider.
3. Allows me to watch, record, and playback OTA HD programming. I understand that a program schedule interface is not available for this no-fee device.
There is a minimal interface that lets you schedule by time, and it's faily simple to use. What it won't do is have guide info other than what the station broadcasts (none on cable), so all your recording information is sorted by time.
I currently use a WD TV Live device for viewing movies and pictures and listening to music from my NAS. While it performs these tasks, the interface clunky and my family refuses to use it (I could work around these limitations if the WD TV Live used discrete IR codes for my Logitech Harmony Remote to access). I use a roku device for playing cloud-based content, but it often locks up . I would love to replace these devices.
You'll have to define clunky. Most of these boxes are similar in the way it accesses your shares, skip between storage devices, etc. I'm sure your Harmony can learn the remote codes, there is not discreet on/off codes available.
I am also considering a Dune player to watch my NAS and cloud-based media, with either a TViX or Tivo device as an OTH tuner. I understand that Dune requires third-party software for elegant interfaces. I do not use cable or satellite.
With the exception of boxes like Boxee and the Tizzbird, I'm not aware of any device that can retrieve movie/music data on it's own. Most boxes require a third party app running on a PC to populate the art/synopsis.