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HD Media Player - MEDION® LIFE® E85015 (MD 86162) (ALDI)

Playback all your digital videos, images and music files from external USB hard disks on TV
2 x USB interfaces and memory card reader
Network compatible with Ethernet interface (RJ-45)
Listen to MP3 music files on your TV or HI-FI stereo sound system. Just plug in your USB hard disk drive or any other USB mass storage device (not included)
Includes remote control

Available 16 December 2010
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#1
Seems to have gone up a tenner since January. Shocking!
Previous deal
#2
Doesn't play dvd's - why ?
Doesn't seem to do MKV either. No mention of it anyway. That is one of the main selling point of things like this. If it does, then they're not underlining it, which others that DO play MKV most certainly DO.
You can get similar on eBuyer for less than HALF this. Actually, closer to a THIRD in price.
This DOES play MKV - a better deal:- http://www.ebuyer.com/product/229961
Voted cold.
#3
PhilK
Doesn't play dvd's - why ?
Doesn't seem to do MKV either. No mention of it anyway. That is one of the main selling point of things like this. If it does, then they're not underlining it, which others that DO play MKV most certainly DO.
You can get similar on eBuyer for less than HALF this. Actually, closer to a THIRD in price.
This DOES play MKV - a better deal:- http://www.ebuyer.com/product/229961
Voted cold.


It's not even close to being the same sort of thing!

That will play usb sticks etc. (so does this too) but the Medion is a streaming player, it will play across the network, streamed from a PC or uPnP NAS box. Much more convenient than crawling around in front of the TV plugging stuff in, as it gives me everything I have stored on my machine ready to play at the touch of the remote control

Had one for a while, use it with TVersity, http://tversity.com/ (which will transcode just about any media format on the fly) works fine, although unfortunately the price has gone up since last time. You get limited streaming of sites such as Youtube using TVersity too.
#4
Is this a new type from medion as you have got life after the name. I've got one from last time. And that played mkv files. But they dropped it down to £50. Instead of the £60 I paid. Good meida player. You can put a USB hub to it and put more than two hardrives to it. I've actully had 9 xternal hardrives at one time.
#5
belly1066
Is this a new type from medion as you have got life after the name. I've got one from last time. And that played mkv files. But they dropped it down to £50. Instead of the £60 I paid. Good meida player. You can put a USB hub to it and put more than two hardrives to it. I've actully had 9 xternal hardrives at one time.


Good point, just checked it is exactly the same as mine, and it does do MKV - the file formats it handles are:

Video MPG, MPEG, AVI, WMV, MP4, MOV, DAT, VOB, ISO, MKV, TS Subtitle formats: SRT, SUB, SMI, IDX, SSA, ASS

Audio MP3, WMA, WAV, ASF, AAC, OGG, FLAC

Photographic JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF


Manual here:
http://www1.medion.de/downloads/download.pl?lang=uk&filename=bda86162uk.pdf&id=8344&type=anleitungen
#6
Just checked the box as I've still got in a draw. It is the same one. Same numbers and it has life on side as well. This dose play mkv and a lot more. Only difrence I can see is the price. £70 quid I would not pay as there are desent ones out there that play mkv. I did pay £60 but that was cos it was cheaper.
#7
Dimmo here.

Can someone tell me. Do you plug this into the TV or the 'Puter.

Would I be right in saying that it picks up the wireless signal from the 'puter and play it thru TV/Sound system?

Therefore, about the same as a hard wired PC/TV system?

Edited By: rizla01 on Dec 11, 2010 13:15
#8
I have been palying around with different ones of these media players over the last 5 years or so then discovered the latest surround sound DVD player I bought had a USB slot in it so now I just put my films on a USB stick and watch them through there, brilliant! and no extra boxes under the telly! (anyone wanna buy a media player with a 500gb hard drive installed?)
#9
i have just got the ryan media player from http://www.scan.co.uk paid a little more but what a machine plays everything hd with dts sound amazin :)
#10
If were going to compar. I've also got the wd live aswell. But if a deal is on here I thought your ment to go cheeper. If so. The cyclone mk 2 at the price between £32......£45.. Wich plays mkv aswell. It's just that aldi have put the price up and there's nothing new on it.
#11
belly1066
Just checked the box as I've still got in a draw. It is the same one. Same numbers and it has life on side as well. This dose play mkv and a lot more. Only difrence I can see is the price. £70 quid I would not pay as there are desent ones out there that play mkv. I did pay £60 but that was cos it was cheaper.


Mustn't have looked very hard.. it DOES play MKV
#12
rizla01
Dimmo here.

Can someone tell me. Do you plug this into the TV or the 'Puter.

Would I be right in saying that it picks up the wireless signal from the 'puter and play it thru TV/Sound system?

Therefore, about the same as a hard wired PC/TV system?


Ideally both!

connects to TV... scart or HDMI, then to network via cable, or do as I do and use Powerline ethernet

Where do you get the idea it's wireless. nothing wireless about it.

By hard wired PC/TV system I presume you mean connecting a TV to a PC via HDMI? in which case no, it's not quite as good as that, but it's a lot more self contained and doesn't need to be so near the PC, in fact it can be in separate rooms, which is here its true advantage comes in.
#13
brianfj1200
I have been palying around with different ones of these media players over the last 5 years or so then discovered the latest surround sound DVD player I bought had a USB slot in it so now I just put my films on a USB stick and watch them through there, brilliant! and no extra boxes under the telly! (anyone wanna buy a media player with a 500gb hard drive installed?)


???
That's the least convenient option, that's what I replaced with mine!
No need to be constantly copying files and crawling about in front of the TV, and I can access nearly 5Gb of data via the network via remote control.

People don't seem to have the concept of media streaming it seems!
#14
can this play blu-ray format?
#15
nihcaj.............................................. Wats your problem. All I said was it played mkv files. And I checked the box to see if it was the one I bought for £60. And my brother paid £50. So for £70 quid I would not have bought it. I would buy something that dose the same but cheeper.
#16


Ideally both!connects to TV... scart or HDMI, then to network via cable, or do as I do and use Powerline ethernet

Where do you get the idea it's wireless. nothing wireless about it..

Sorry, This bit.

Network compatible with Ethernet interface (RJ-45)




Edited By: rizla01 on Dec 11, 2010 22:41
#17
rizla01


Ideally both!connects to TV... scart or HDMI, then to network via cable, or do as I do and use Powerline ethernet

Where do you get the idea it's wireless. nothing wireless about it..


Sorry, This bit.

Network compatible with Ethernet interface (RJ-45)




In which case I would ask where did you get the idea that means wireless?
#18
belly1066
nihcaj.............................................. Wats your problem. All I said was it played mkv files. And I checked the box to see if it was the one I bought for £60. And my brother paid £50. So for £70 quid I would not have bought it. I would buy something that dose the same but cheeper.


My problem is you keep repeating that is doesn't play MKV when it DOES
#19
nihcaj
My problem is you keep repeating that is doesn't play MKV when it DOES

No, the belly1066 doesn't say that.

What makes you think that they do?

Bubba
#20
Bubba Shaboo
nihcaj
My problem is you keep repeating that is doesn't play MKV when it DOES


No, the belly1066 doesn't say that.

What makes you think that they do?

Bubba


He says:
"£70 quid I would not pay as there are desent ones out there that play mkv." before that he also compares with another: "The cyclone mk 2 at the price between £32......£45.. Wich plays mkv aswell."

I don't think they do, I KNOW they do, I have one; and the manual which I have linked also SAYS they do.

Could it POSSIBLY be any clearer?
#21
belly1066
Is this a new type from medion as you have got life after the name. I've got one from last time. And that played mkv files. But they dropped it down to £50. Instead of the £60 I paid. Good meida player. You can put a USB hub to it and put more than two hardrives to it. I've actully had 9 xternal hardrives at one time.
belly1066
Just checked the box as I've still got in a draw. It is the same one. Same numbers and it has life on side as well. This dose play mkv and a lot more. Only difrence I can see is the price. £70 quid I would not pay as there are desent ones out there that play mkv. I did pay £60 but that was cos it was cheaper.

If you read the references belly1066 makes to this actual product (I've highlighted in bold above) then he/she clearly states it plays mkv.

Is it possible you've misread?

Certainly, with the way I read belly1066's posts your reply seem a little harsh.

Similarly, your reply to rizla01's last post seemsless than helpful. They've admitted to little knowledge in such things and have interpreted 'Network compatible with Ethernet interface (RJ-45)' to mean wireless. This is not the case, so a link to something like Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethernet may have helped rizla01's understanding rather than a blunt 'In which case I would ask where did you get the idea that means wireless?' which, certainly to my mind, doesn't add any value.

Do you see what I'm getting at?

Bubba
#22
Cheers for sticking up for me Bubba shaboo. I'm a bloke. .......... But........... nihcaj.............. Seems not to be able to read. But on all my posts I've put up I have stated it's the same one that I bought the last time it was at aldi and it plays MKV files as some ond asked if it played them. I mentioned the cyclone mk2 as that plays mkv as well and cheeper
#23
belly1066
Cheers for sticking up for me Bubba shaboo. I'm a bloke. .......... But........... nihcaj.............. Seems not to be able to read. But on all my posts I've put up I have stated it's the same one that I bought the last time it was at aldi and it plays MKV files as some ond asked if it played them. I mentioned the cyclone mk2 as that plays mkv as well and cheeper


I can't read, I will give you that much, it's hardly surprising... I can't read what YOU write.Just look at it, above! :-(
#24
nihcaj............... Stop being bitchy you have pulled everybody down that has comented on this post. Just get back to reality and get back to the post in general.
#25
belly1066
nihcaj............... Stop being bitchy you have pulled everybody down that has comented on this post. Just get back to reality and get back to the post in general.


Yes, a good idea.

Let's sum it up,eh?
For some reason this product has been bitched about, yet it is actually pretty good, OK, it's a bit dearer than last year, but that's hardly as surprise, so much is unfortunately.

All the whingeing about it not supporting MKV is rubbish, it does, and it is still hard to beat for what it does.

Will that do, or are we going to get more postings of stuff that isn't even remotely similar, and can't do as much, purely because people don't understand what a Streaming media player actually IS?

Of course the REAL issue is it is a product sold from Aldi, and that's why it has attracted the negative vibes.
#26
Medion stuff is good make. But for to put the price up it's a wrong move by the company.
#27
Worth noting that with most recent firmware, this box will not play H.264 files except with very heavy pixelation. It plays them fine with earlier firmware. Don't know what version the new boxes are shipping with.

The new boxes also seem to have a newer version of the Realtex chip, supporting DTS. That may also have a bearing on H.264 playback.
#28
hi i bought one of these today. can anyone tell me how to play files from my pc on it please?
i have connected it to an ethernet cable which i know works.
when i choose the "net" option i see a folder called "My_Shortcuts"
inside this is empty.
if i choose the upnp option i can see my pc and browse the folders on it.
by reading the manual it looks like it should be the net option that lets me browse files on my pc?
how do you stream from files on the internet?
pity the manual is so vague :(
any help appreciated
banned#29
"My Shortcuts" does nothing other than store passwords of PCs on your network. If none are password-protected, you can ignore this option. Instead, choose NET and browse to the folder(s) containing your media. You will need to enable these folders for media sharing on the host PC. The version of Windows you are using will determine how you do this.

AFAIK you can't stream files from the internet; you have to download them first.

HTH

mick21
hi i bought one of these today. can anyone tell me how to play files from my pc on it please?i have connected it to an ethernet cable which i know works.when i choose the "net" option i see a folder called "My_Shortcuts"inside this is empty.if i choose the upnp option i can see my pc and browse the folders on it.by reading the manual it looks like it should be the net option that lets me browse files on my pc?how do you stream from files on the internet?pity the manual is so vague :(any help appreciated
#30
hi, i only see my pc when choosing the upnp option. when choosing net option all i see is the my_shortcuts.
i am using windows 7 and other pc's in my home network can access my shared folder but i see no sign of this in the net option?
#31
Use it with a uPnP server.
There is one built into Windows 7 (Media Sharing, but I don't care for it), easiest and most function I found was Tversity http://tversity.com/ the pro version is better, but the freebie is perfectly adequate.

Easy to configure, easy to transcribe files on the fly, makes it easy to find what you are looking for without any messing on with passwords and Network settings etc.
#32
just bought 1 of these today n i cant seem to find how i copy my dvd files onto it so i can store dem on the medion box instead of me external hardrive.Can any1 tell me how 2 do it i dont ave it connected up 2 the net or dat i just simply want 2 store films on it .read the manual 3 or 4 times n it doesnt show ya either
#33
didsdoyle
just bought 1 of these today n i cant seem to find how i copy my dvd files onto it so i can store dem on the medion box instead of me external hardrive.Can any1 tell me how 2 do it i dont ave it connected up 2 the net or dat i just simply want 2 store films on it .read the manual 3 or 4 times n it doesnt show ya either


That's easy too, you can't, it has no internal storage.
If you don't understand what something is for, why buy it in the first place? :-(
#34
nihcaj
Use it with a uPnP server.
There is one built into Windows 7 (Media Sharing, but I don't care for it), easiest and most function I found was Tversity http://tversity.com/ the pro version is better, but the freebie is perfectly adequate.

Easy to configure, easy to transcribe files on the fly, makes it easy to find what you are looking for without any messing on with passwords and Network settings etc.


so can you explain what the net option does or is for please? not too bothered now as i can play my music from the pc via the upnp option but it would be good to know.
cheers
#35
mick21
[so can you explain what the net option does or is for please? not too bothered now as i can play my music from the pc via the upnp option but it would be good to know.
cheers


Why would it be good to know?
I don't bother using it, I bought it specifically as it supported uPnP (many TV sets do now too, so I had that in mind at one point also for another room, and I was always going to be running a server of one sort or another)- so I have not so much as clicked on the option. In that same way I haven't decompiled the Windows Kernel either, I just point & click for that to work too - Why use something that needs setting up when uPnP works with minimal effort, in a simlar way to Wondows 7 Networking needs minimal setting up now too; especially as the whole point is so that total non-techie house occupants can use it too! It was originally going to work with my HP NAS, but that stopped working when it was no age, so I never bothered replacing it, and just serve files from one PC to that and another media PC in one of the bedrooms too
#36
I had to tweak Win 7 sharing endlessly until I made the PC show up under the Net menu. Eventually I created a workgroup specifically for the PC hosting the media.
For me it's a better option than UPNP, which doesn't find some types of media files (at least not using the built-in Win7 server).
#37
gadg17
I had to tweak Win 7 sharing endlessly until I made the PC show up under the Net menu. Eventually I created a workgroup specifically for the PC hosting the media.
For me it's a better option than UPNP, which doesn't find some types of media files (at least not using the built-in Win7 server).



No understanding some folks... that's like having a bike and walking! Network shares is there presumably to allow connectivity to legacy gear, and to non uPnP machines, but it means it loses all of the extra functionality uPnP gives. A proper uPnP server configures to show whatever files you want ti to show. Windows 7's isn't much use for anything.

The Win 7 server is a waste of time whatever hardware you are using. (and if you are not using uPnP why would you switch it on in the first place, Network shares will just play from the Hard disk, and there will be no transcoding or anything fancy happening anyway, so there's no benefit using it at all! (Doesn't work with some hardware anyway!) Takes up too much processing power, and worst feature is that it takes FOREVER to refresh the contents, just turn it off and forget it,

Unless you are going to pay for a uPnP server, haven't found anything even close to Tversity.
#38
Network shares is there presumably to allow connectivity to legacy gear, and to non uPnP machines, but it means it loses all of the extra functionality uPnP gives

Er, but the Medion box is a hardware streamer in its own right; what advantages does a software streamer like Tversity offer?
I use Win 7 uPnP for streaming music over my internet radio, but for the video I have, network shares work just fine.
#39
endo2

Er, but the Medion box is a hardware streamer in its own right.


How do you work that out?

It PLAYS from streaming (and other) sources, it doesn't stream TO anywhere!

Edited By: nihcaj on Dec 23, 2010 11:01
#40
It PLAYS from streaming (and other) sources, it doesn't stream TO anywhere!
Exactly the point. It maps the drives on the server where the media is stored and plays it natively. So what would streaming software bring to the party, exactly?

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