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Advice on best way to get Ext. HD films onto TV?

post #1 of 8
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Hi guys,

Hope I've put this in the right place, got a bit confused from the choice of boards!

I've got a few TB of films on a couple of external HD's and I want to watch them through the main house tv.

I used to use my Xbox360 with a wireless connection and its Media player to do it, but that involved having everything running in the house to do so.

I've seen some of these Media boxes, but I'm just lost and confused as to what's the best option out there.

The wife wont let me drill any holes (awww) and I want to ideally have the films on a device that I can port around and plug into any tv I come across.

My TV has USB connections and all the usual gubbins. (Samsung 42" LCD).

Should I just buy a Media device like the WD TV Live and plug my HD directly into it or is there a tidier solution?

Many thanks and sorry for being a pain!
post #2 of 8
What type of format for the video files? Standard or High definition video / sound?
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
The vast majority are AVI and standard format.
post #4 of 8
If you want an all in one media player, you've got Boxee Box and WDTV2, both of which will play SD and BR movies, Netflix, Hulu, VUDU, etc. However, they don't play HD Sound.

After that you have: from least expensive to most:
1)Patriot Box (wont play HD sound, older 1073 chip)
2)AIOS media player
3)Netgear NeoTV550
4)Popbox V8
5)Micca media players
6)Popcorn Hour media players
7)Dune media player
8) Oppo

I am sure there are more out there.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Champion, that's ideal.

Gives me a good starting point to work from.

Many thanks!
post #6 of 8
No problem!!!
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
I'm thinking that the WD Hub actually looks quite good, although it's the older model. It's the 1Tb of inbuilt capacity that's winning me over.

No HDMI, but, neah, I can live with that.

Thoughts? Personal preferences?
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by Kilman View Post

I'm thinking that the WD Hub actually looks quite good, although it's the older model. It's the 1Tb of inbuilt capacity that's winning me over.

No HDMI, but, neah, I can live with that.

Thoughts? Personal preferences?

I have used popcorn hour a-110 and WD live and now have WD live hub. The WD Hub has HDMI actually. I have a 3tb Gb ext hd connected to it without issues. Works well through network as well. Just check their forums for firmware updates as they can be buggy. The Hub has been my favorite so far. JMO but its easy to set up and has been running great here.
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