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25TB library, want the best network media player

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

I have a 25TB library and really need some help narrowing down choices to find the best network media player.

I am not very concerned with codec compatibility, all of my stuff should play without any problem. Everything will be connected via Gigabit network. I don't need and will never use any locally attached storage. Even though my setup is 3D, I really don't need it (don't own glasses, don't intend to buy any).

What I really want is a superb media library. I would like:

a) Cover art, choosable from external source would be ideal (like thetvdb)
b) Sort by genre
c) Categorize Movies separately from TV Shows
d) Fully understand TV Shows "seasons", and remember where I left off (last episode watched)
e) IMDB ratings would be great
f) Ability to see list of actors would be nice
g) A way to quickly flip around through hundreds of choices
h) Fast
i) Must support network indexing, a real plus if compatible with Sickbeard for auto-updates or a way to auto-scan on intervals (like overnight while sleeping)
j) Internet based stuff is a plus, really my only requirement is YouTube - I don't care about Netflix or Amazon as the video quality of those services is too low so I don't subscribe to them. It would be nice to get some sort of mainstream media news outlets video, as I don't have cable/satellite or OTA (I just use my video library, no 'conventional' tv)

Any suggestions? I'm entertaining Micca, Aios, Popcorn Hour (which I have currently, the A210, and am not impressed), and maybe Dune? Price is not really a factor within reason (a few hundred dollars), I just want the best experience.

Thanks.
post #2 of 10
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Surprised not to have received any suggestions yet, but maybe things are slow due to next weeks holiday?

I kept looking around and am now leaning towards building a small HTPC that can run XBMC. XBMC seems to be the most advanced media player/database engine around. Anyone think otherwise?

I would just connect (SMB, NFS?) to my file server over the GigE network to stream the media.
post #3 of 10
If you're interested in XBMC, you might want to check out the HTPC forum. I would highly recommend OpenELEC, which essentially allows you to easily install and configure XBMC without having to use a full blow operating system like Windows. Btw, what kind of files are we talking about? Are they blu-rays? Do you require menus? XBMC can play pretty much everything, with the only exception being full blu-ray menus.
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Originally Posted by ctrlbrk View Post

Surprised not to have received any suggestions yet, but maybe things are slow due to next weeks holiday?
I kept looking around and am now leaning towards building a small HTPC that can run XBMC. XBMC seems to be the most advanced media player/database engine around. Anyone think otherwise?
I would just connect (SMB, NFS?) to my file server over the GigE network to stream the media.

XBMC runs great on a small HTPC. There is an advantage to running it under OSX or Windows. Some plugins will require that ( eg. netflix). Also have a look at Plex. It is similar to XBMC but divides things into server and client. Great database, as is the one for XBMC.

XBMC runs fairly well under Linux on a Pivos XIOS DS. Plex runs well on PC's, Mac's, Roku2's, etc... Also have a look at the new Sony GTV box. It has a very good Plex client.

philip
Edited by pmcd - 11/18/12 at 8:13pm
post #5 of 10
Have you made a decision on this one yet

I am currently reviewing my setups and was curious.

OpenELC seems interesting but if you use that will the windows dependent stuff in XBMC work? Thinking Netflix and Blueray playback
post #6 of 10
Hi, i have a few players (Micca ep950, argosy 335T, patriot box office) and recently i just pickup the Mede8er 1000X3D. and the Mede8er is the best so far....it has movie wall, fanart.....you can google the review and read about it. i'm very happy with the unit. I have about 25TB and run on FreeNAS server (gigabit with all cat5e cable). i play blue ray content (blu-ray ISO files) on any of those players without problem. but when i play more than one player the same time (on mkv file, and diffirent movie) then they are not play very well. Can you let me know what kind of OS you run for your server/networking? any suggestion on my system to make it runs smooth on two or more players the same time. I have transfer rate from PC to server on gigabit network about 70-80MB/s. thanks
post #7 of 10
Hey mate. Dont bother with a server, use a drobo b800fs! its epic

what media player did you end up going with. Im thinking about popcorn hour.
post #8 of 10
I have been using My Movies to catalog and track my movies. It has all of the features that you were looking for. For streaming from my NAS to the tv, I have setup a small HTPC and I am running Windows Media Server. And for the remote, I am using an iPad that allows me to scroll thru my movie collection, watch previews, get actor info, etc.

All of this is run by the My Movies software.
post #9 of 10
Im really after a standalone device i can just buy..
post #10 of 10

Hi,

I'm new here and came here through a Google search for best network media players. I started out a few years ago with an HP Media Center PC and thought I was in heaven.

Standard analog cable connection, DVR capabilities, very easy access to music files. But alas it conked out and I evolved into WD's media players.

I'm on a WD TV Live at the moment and works well within its limits. Music access is not very smooth, video is good, but no search or info capabilities.

I'm on Win 7 now and dreading the upgrade to Win 8, but I guess I will bite the bullet soon. Right now I'm looking for good sources of info to help make the best choice for me.

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