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Need a cheap media player

Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:37 pm

I just called allied electronics and apparently the raspberry pis aren't even due to ship till December?!

My xbox just died and I have used it basically every night for the last few years to just watch TV shows on before I go to bed, it's been a few days now, and I am going crazy.

So besides the raspberry pi (which I am keeping my order on), which will take an eternity to get (by that time I bet something else comes out with double the power) what can I get in the mean time to just play video from a USB device.

Without also breaking the bank.

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Re: Need a cheap media player

Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:45 pm

well apart from the problems you'll have the with RPi which is available now
[order on from farnell and you can get it much faster than you think]

see soemthing like
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Media-Player-Wh ... B004XFXP4G
or
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Designer-Habita ... B005ERNITE


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Re: Need a cheap media player

Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:36 pm

I live in the US. Farnell would be located in the UK right? Also, those two items look somewhat sketchy, not much information, no "brand", not very trustworthy looking.

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Re: Need a cheap media player

Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:42 pm

Farnell trades as Newark in the US.
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Re: Need a cheap media player

Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:57 pm

I've recently acquired two of these best buy easy home dvb-t hd dual to convert our older TVs in holiday home to digital.

They are about the price of a RasPi model A and seem to offer similar media player functionality. Of course, you get a full set of Codecs, a TV tuner, record and play from USB devices. I'm trying to resist tearing open the case to look inside. You don't get to mess with Linux though. :cry:

I saw one in a shop in Lodz, but couldn't believe it would be any good at that price (109 zl ~ £20, $30). Checked it out on the web and they get good reviews. Best Buy seems to be a Spanish company.
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Re: Need a cheap media player

Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:13 pm

alexeames wrote:I've recently acquired two of these best buy easy home dvb-t hd dual to convert our older TVs in holiday home to digital.

They are about the price of a RasPi model A and seem to offer similar media player functionality. Of course, you get a full set of Codecs, a TV tuner, record and play from USB devices. I'm trying to resist tearing open the case to look inside. You don't get to mess with Linux though. :cry:

I saw one in a shop in Lodz, but couldn't believe it would be any good at that price (109 zl ~ £20, $30). Checked it out on the web and they get good reviews. Best Buy seems to be a Spanish company.
So we are not talking about BestBuy the store.. here in the US. Also, im afraid to buy a media player outside of the US because obviously I don't want the PAL standard

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Re: Need a cheap media player

Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:36 pm

Check out the Western Digital WD TV Live, if its available in the USA.
http://www.wdc.com

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Re: Need a cheap media player

Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:51 pm

Ampix0 wrote:
So we are not talking about BestBuy the store.. here in the US. Also, im afraid to buy a media player outside of the US because obviously I don't want the PAL standard
It does Never Twice the Same Colour as well. ;)
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Re: Need a cheap media player

Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:23 pm

fredjam wrote:Check out the Western Digital WD TV Live, if its available in the USA.
http://www.wdc.com
You know, I work at a bestbuy, and I never knew they had a model without the 1TB hard drive, this is much more affordable, and wow, even plays MKVs? that's insane. I am pretty interested, shopping around now.

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Re: Need a cheap media player

Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:30 pm

If you want even cheaper, you can get the original WDTV (no network support) for $35 or so on ebay.

Both versions are well hacked with homebrew operating systems. I've had my original WDTV since they were they were new with a network dongle running off NFS shares on my PC.

http://wdlxtv.com/ is homebrew site.

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Re: Need a cheap media player

Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:14 am

dancytron wrote:If you want even cheaper, you can get the original WDTV (no network support) for $35 or so on ebay.

Both versions are well hacked with homebrew operating systems. I've had my original WDTV since they were they were new with a network dongle running off NFS shares on my PC.

http://wdlxtv.com/ is homebrew site.
I just bought the new WD Live TV. I think the wifi capability is worth it since ill be able to FTP to is easily. Also I read there is a torrent client. I don't have another extra portable HDD (i need my external on my PC). but assuming I end up liking the way it functions ill trade up to a portable HDD from the flashdrive im about to put in lol.

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