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Old 08-07-2013, 18:22   #1
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Which media player do I need?...Went with WD Live TV...now using Raspberry Pi

I've got tonnes of avi/mkvs on my Hard drive on the PC in the study.

I want to be able to watch them on my TV in the lounge.

I want to:-

1. Play in HD
2. Be able to fast forward / rewind
3. Hook it up to my Amp to have DD etc
4. Control it via my harmony remote

What do I need?!

I currently stream everything through my 360, but that's stopped working with mkvs and is being swapped for a PS4 in November.

Is this a worthwhile investment?

WD TV Live Media Player
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005NYOKC..._am_gb?ie=UTF8

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Old 08-07-2013, 18:26   #2
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Which media player do I need?

Do you mean a hardware or software solution?

Ah just seen your edit - check out the Dune players. I bought a Duo a while back and it's amazing. Among the best kit I've ever bought.

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Old 08-07-2013, 18:27   #3
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Re: Which media player do I need?

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Do you mean a hardware or software solution?
How do you mean? Both I suppose. I'm not that clued in on this to be honest. My Xbox has played mkvs for years fairly successfully.
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Old 08-07-2013, 18:56   #4
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WDTV is a relatively cheap, easy solution. I have no experience of a Dune so can't comment. I have a Boxee box which is good but discontinued so can't really recommend it anymore.

The WDTV will play virtually anything you can throw at it either via USB or by streaming it. It doesn't need to be connected to a PC, you don't need any software to make it work.

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How do you mean? Both I suppose. I'm not that clued in on this to be honest. My Xbox has played mkvs for years fairly successfully.
I thought you wanted a software solution to run on your PC and allow you to stream via your PS3. The best thing about the Dune players is the flawless streaming of BD images, via your home network, if such things float your boat.

Otherwise, a cheaper option might be good enough for you.
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WDTV is a relatively cheap, easy solution.
That's what I'm thinking. For the sake of Ł70 I can save hours of faffing with my soon to be defunct 360. And hopefully have better compatibility.
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Old 08-07-2013, 19:13   #7
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I thought you wanted a software solution to run on your PC and allow you to stream via your PS3. The best thing about the Dune players is the flawless streaming of BD images, via your home network, if such things float your boat.

Otherwise, a cheaper option might be good enough for you.
I'd rather keep things simple for now. What's my best software option for Xbox?
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Sorry I've no idea, but some kind of transcoding software would be necessary, preferably in real-time. The problem with that is you need to have your PC and 360 running at the same time, hence why the hardware option is by far the best way to go.
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Sorry I've no idea, but some kind of transcoding software would be necessary, preferably in real-time. The problem with that is you need to have your PC and 360 running at the same time, hence why the hardware option is by far the best way to go.
Been playing with Serviio and it plays brilliantly but won't allow me to fast forward / rewind the mkvs.
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Old 08-07-2013, 20:03   #10
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Re: Which media player do I need?

Sod it. Going to give the WD TV Live Media Player a crack. Bought it from Amazon so I can always return it if it doesn't live up to expectations.
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Old 08-07-2013, 20:35   #11
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Raspberry pi with xbmc. It's what I have used for last month and its brilliant
Take a little tweaking but then it plays anything flawlessly.
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A WDTV was the first media streamer I bought, while it's now consigned to the bin after 3 or so years use it changed the way I watched TV and movies.
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Which media player do I need?

I love my wdtv live, great little unit.
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A WDTV was the first media streamer I bought, while it's now consigned to the bin after 3 or so years use it changed the way I watched TV and movies.
Probably going to order it tomorrow... Seems to fit the bill. What do you use now out of interest?
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A Boxee Box which I think is better, but now discontinued and unsupported with many bugs (which don't bother me as they don't affect what I use it for) and broken promises of fixing them.

I'll probably replace it with a PC and XBMC as I can't find another streamer that does what I want it to the same way.
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Thanks for all the advice... I've ordered a WDTV Live and I'll see how I get on with it.

Project for next year might be to NAS all my photos/videos/music, so I might look at a more permanent, costlier solution then.

Cheers.
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I recently bought a WD TV Live Stream Media Player after my WDTV (gen1) started having trouble with playback (though I think that was much to do with the WD portable drive attached to it going to sleep if you left the machine on pause for more that 30 seconds) and it's brilliant. Plays everything I've tried, better interface, internet connection, audio sync correction. Well worth the upgrade.
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Re: Which media player do I need?

Isn't that the same as the one I linked to in my op?
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I think it is. Which means it will do you very well indeed.
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I've got WDTV Lives upstairs streaming from my NAS wirelessly and they work great..

The only oversight in their design is the inability to disable the file option menu which could result in little inquisitive fingers deleting complete folders/collections in a couple of button presses!!

I've worked round that by changing the read/write permissions on the NAS for the WDTV profiles, but that means they can't use the inbuilt library scrapers..
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