I have really come to love and appreciate my Xbox 360s ability to play avi movies off a USB stick, it certainly beats burning a DVD everytime we want to watch a movie on the proper tv instead of laptop screen. Anyway, the 360 is fairly hefty and Im not keen on moving about the house, it stays upstairs.
So I am looking at buying something that we can use on the TV's downstairs that will allow me to plug a usb stick in to the front of it and accepts avi movie files. I dont really care if its a cheap DVD player or some other device. I am not even sure if they exist to be honest.