Originally Posted by kjlewie
BTW, Darren, thanks again for the BD demo disks from a while back. Just about everybody wants to experience just one more clip, even at the risk of incurring spousal wrath.
Glad you are enjoying it. the demo gets the same reaction at my house. Actually had an old volleyball friend of mine be threaten and yelled at by his wife to the point I got uncomfortable and said, "maybe the rest can wait until next time."
Originally Posted by jeahrens
With 3 and 4TB drives getting reasonable it is getting pretty feasible to store Blu-Ray content on a server. Hardware NAS devices are pretty reasonable. We use Synology and Qnap here at work, but even some of the WD, Netgear and Seagate units are pretty good. Most are very turn key affairs. Here's a bare Qnap unit:
Add in some vendor approved 3 or 4TB drives and you'll end up with 9-12TB of space. The other 2 pieces are getting the Blu Rays into files you can store and playing them back. Darren's little device the MED600X3D will handle the playback:
Great little device at under $200.
So that leaves you with getting the Blu Ray on there. You'll need something to strip the copy protection and either store the files as ISO or convert them to something like MKV files. That piece will probably be the most difficult to tackle, but once you have it down you'd be good. Oh and you'd need wired Ethernet to ensure that you get smooth playback.
My entire NAS movie setup cost less than $500. It may not be as crazy awesome as some, but for the price and the easy of setup, I figure it is a complete steal of a deal.
1) D-Link DNS-323
, only $80. I bought mine new for $125, but used is a good option. D-Link also offers a new model that could be purchased new if you want to stay away from used gear... D-Link 2-Bay Cloud NAS
2) Two 2TB drives
. $97 each. Plug and play with the NAS box.
3) Mede8er 600x3d. $190 when I bought it.
4) Blu-ray drive. Tons of options here, but this has the same specs as mine (slightly different model). Samsung Blu-Ray drive
5) MakeMKV is used to rip the Blu-Ray. It strips out the copyright, trailers, allows forced subtitles and keeps chapter info. Best part, it's FREE!!!
So for my exact setup it would cost $524.99, delivered to your door. The hard drives just pop into the NAS cabinet. The NAS box itself has a easy to use software to setup and format the hard drives. Then simply use MakeMKV to rip your movies, plug and play the media player as you would a standard video device, and you are ready to enjoy movies. No NAS software to learn or install. No trouble with board compatibility or codecs that you might run into with a htpc. Easy to install, easy to use, and cheap!