Originally Posted by atc98092
While media can be stored on either the internal Shield drive or one connected via USB, most people use a NAS storage device or other computer on the network. You can legally rip a disc you have purchased, which removes the DRM protection and makes it playable on devices like the Shield, or a Roku or Blu Ray player that supports DLNA. Because of the file sizes, you can't store much on a Shield internal drive. A ripped UHD movie can exceed 50 GB, and even most Blu Ray movies would be 20-30 GB. If you have many discs to rip, you need storage in the TB range. Software such as MakeMKV is very easy to use, and makes a perfect copy of whatever you select from the disc, with the exception of Dolby Vision metadata.
FWIW, makemkv will preserve Dolby vision on a full backup, but playing it back with dv is limited to only a few devices. I backup my DV uhd discs and play them back on my oppo (runs off my nas just as if I had stuck the shiny disc in), but also RIP them to mkv for use with plex everywhere else (with no dv).
And yes, my nas has 55tb to support a few hundred uhd's and a few thousand CDs.
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