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Popcorn Hour/Western Digital HD/ General Networked media Tank Info + Recommendations

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EDIT: Now looking for general info on HD media Tanks/Streamers. Im seriously considering one of these things. Can anyone recommend a Device or Setup for me? What i'm looking for IDEALLY (prett…
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
EDIT: Now looking for general info on HD media Tanks/Streamers.
Im seriously considering one of these things.

Can anyone recommend a Device or Setup for me?

What i'm looking for IDEALLY (pretty much everything is optional):

HDMI 1.3 compatible
Can play a wide variety of media
Ability to change aspect ratios (like you can on the xbox 360)
The ability to put an internal hard drive in and attach USB drives.
Networked so i can just transfer files from my PC
Networked so it can access the likes of BBC iPlayer and the various other online on demand services.
Cover + Info interface for films stored on the drive.
Bittorrent client
Quiet and low power usage
Looks pretty
and obviously the lower price the better.

Now i know i probably wont be able to get a device or setup which covers all thos needs cheap but the more the better!

What would you guys recommend? (Either single device or overal setup e.g Nas+streamer etc)
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Hmmm, dunno mate.

MKV playback out of the box is a nice plus :)
1 Like #2
1. yes
2. that isnt really a nas but u can access them why on earth u would want to is beyond me as it will be very slow the cpu isnt fast enough to handle fast network speeds
3. its ok nothing fancy - again speed is restricted by the cpu (u wont get 20meg etc 10 meg probably the best download speed)
4. install YAMJ

got mine from digitalera.co.uk but gonna get an icybox next
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Before you go out and buy a Popcorn, consider if you want to network it or just play media via USB hard drive or stick. If you don't need networking, have a look at the Western Digital Media Player. It's £87.99 at CDiscount, plus if you're a new customer you can use the discount code ( NewCDT10 ) and get a further £10 off and then buy it over 3 months!! Plus 10% cashback with Quidco!!

I've just sold an eGreat media player, which basically is a Popcorn Hour in a different box and bought one of these Western Digital units. They have the same playback of all file types, including MKV's, but the main point I like is they start up instantly. With a Popcorn or an eGreat when you turn on it can take about 60 seconds before you can search for your film.

Quidco link for Cdiscount = http://www.quidco.com/?search=cdiscount
Product Link = http://www.cdiscount.co.uk/Computing/DataStorage/externalharddrives/mediaplayerdrives/western-digital-tv-hd-mediaplayer/f-1110-180729.html
10% discount link = http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/396180/discount-voucher-code-for-10-off-a-/
#4
stefor
Before you go out and buy a Popcorn, consider if you want to network it or just play media via USB hard drive or stick. If you don't need networking, have a look at the Western Digital Media Player. It's £87.99 at CDiscount, plus if you're a new customer you can use the discount code ( NewCDT10 ) and get a further £10 off and then buy it over 3 months!! Plus 10% cashback with Quidco!!

I've just sold an eGreat media player, which basically is a Popcorn Hour in a different box and bought one of these Western Digital units. They have the same playback of all file types, including MKV's, but the main point I like is they start up instantly. With a Popcorn or an eGreat when you turn on it can take about 60 seconds before you can search for your film.

Quidco link for Cdiscount = http://www.quidco.com/?search=cdiscount
Product Link = http://www.cdiscount.co.uk/Computing/DataStorage/externalharddrives/mediaplayerdrives/western-digital-tv-hd-mediaplayer/f-1110-180729.html
10% discount link = http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/396180/discount-voucher-code-for-10-off-a-/


Thanks for that :), can you give me some more info on the WD player?

Does that have a cover interface?
Can you change aspect ratio of the films being played (like you can on the xbox360?)
and say i had a NAS hard drive, would it be fine to connect the ethernet to the network and the USB to the WD player and everything works fine?
Is it the same size and shape as a WD Mybook?

this was an option i was considering but ive headrd more about the popcorn hour :P
and cos im looking for something that can do BT downloads so i dont need my PC on (and ive found some NAS which do this.)
#5
Thanks everyone for their help so far.
Bump for change of post content and recommendations
#6
Jetpac
Thanks for that :), can you give me some more info on the WD player?

Does that have a cover interface?
Can you change aspect ratio of the films being played (like you can on the xbox360?)
and say i had a NAS hard drive, would it be fine to connect the ethernet to the network and the USB to the WD player and everything works fine?
Is it the same size and shape as a WD Mybook?

this was an option i was considering but ive headrd more about the popcorn hour :P
and cos im looking for something that can do BT downloads so i dont need my PC on (and ive found some NAS which do this.)


Hi Mate

1. As far as I can see from the software, no you can't view cover art for the film.
2. You can change from widescreen to 4:3 aspect.
3. I can't see in the book or in settings how a NAS external would work the way you want it.
4. The unit is really really small, with just 2 white lights on the front (1 power + 1 USB attached light). The dimensions are W=5.5" x H-1.5" x D=4". Which is possible about the same Width and Depth as the WD 2.5" Ext Drive, don't quote me though as I don't own one.

Think of the WD as just an interface between the media within the USB Ext device and your TV. It's nothing flash, really easy to use and does everything it says it can do, even without a couple of dozen firmware updates like the Media Tanks (Popcorn, eGreat) have had to have to get it right. Also because you're dealing with a massive company, if you lose the remote or it gets broke it's going to cost about £5 to get a replacement, the eGreat and Popcorn can cost about £30 and have to send to China!! I know this as my friend bloke him power supply and the Dutch company he bought his eGreat from didn't want anything to do with it. He ended up having to wait 12 weeks for a new one to be sent from China at a cost of £35 + P&P!!

For me it's always been easy to have a cheap external 500gb hard drive with films I want to see next to the WD. I usually just update the films on the drive once a week and if a new film comes out that I really want to watch, I just put it on a USB Stick and watch it from there. Never really had the need to network, so I sold the eGreat for this little babe!! The eGreat became a drag, having to wait 60 seconds to boot before you look for the film to watch.

If you look on it as cost:
Unit = £87.99
10% discount = £8.79
Cost to you = £79.20
Quidco = £3.40 (This is what I got back)
TOTAL = £75.80 and this you can stretch between 3 monthly payments too!!

The cost of a Popcorn Hour is around £199. To me it just doesn't add up for the networking and being able to see cover art.

If you need any more info, don't hesitate mate.
#7
Thanks for the info :) will def bare that in mind!
any other ideas as i really would be interested in it being networked
#8
bump for some more info!
#9
WD UPDATE - INCLUDES THUMBNAIL SUPPORT

Release 1.02.07 (4/27/2009)
(includes all previously released updates)

Enhanced cover art, album art, and thumbnail support for media files and folders
Additional subtitle languages and decoding support
Improved media playback and navigation
More audio formats for MKV container
Fixed bugs reported by the WD TV user community

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/wdtv/

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