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Wireless streaming to DVD player

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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
I've got lots of movies and TV shows on my hard-drive. Apart from burning them onto DVD, is there a better way to watch them on my TV? Can it be done wirelessly using wifi? Is there such a things as a wifi DVD player?

I'm looking for something that I can turn on, use the menu buttons to navigate the folder with all the movies/tv on (from my hard-drive). Does such a thing exist?


Help greatly appreciated and rep will obviously be left!!!

cheers!
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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1 Like #1
if have a xbox (1) chipped can install media centre, that stream and play mostly everything, via long netwrok cable. sweet
1 Like #2
you can do this with an xbox360, and maybe a ps3 but i dont know. theres also things called media extenders that will stream video from pc to tv but i dont have any experience with them.

I use my xbox 360 to stream media to my pc and home stereo set up, was very easy to sort out, and the picture quality is just as good as dvd with no lagging, theres plenty of tutorials and things on the net if youve got one and want to try it.
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or buy a long s-video cable and plug via scart convertor, tell the computer to display on TV
1 Like #4
I have wanted to do the same thing for a while.
If you have an XBOX you can link up through that.
Your hard drive must be set up using FAT32.

Hope that makes more sense to you than it did to me.:?

let me know how you get on
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Looks like I took a bit too long to reply:whistling:
1 Like #6
if you have ps3 then plug an external hdd drv into the usb port i think that would work, thats what im going to try later will let you know
1 Like #7
I bought one of these a year ago and love it: http://www.divx.com/connected/

Amazon are selling them for £99 now and can be used cabled or wireless. I've tested over wireless and should play anything (HD movies may be a problem). Loads of codecs are available as its open source and there is quite an active community so should play almost any format. Plugins have also been written for youtube, etc. It also streams music and photo's. It needs the PC turned on as its the PC that does all of the hard work before pushing the video to the device - this should keep the cost down and has no impact on the PC's performance.
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guru_the;3360497
if have a xbox (1) chipped can install media centre, that stream and play mostly everything, via long netwrok cable. sweet

big fella;3360512
If you have an XBOX you can link up through that

yogi99;3360859
if you have ps3 then plug an external hdd drv into the usb port i think that would work

sparxuk;3360502
you can do this with an xbox360, and maybe a ps3 but i dont know. I use my xbox 360 to stream media to my pc and home stereo set up

i don't own a games console - have a wife and two kids, so never have any time to go on it!!!
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guru_the;3360504
or buy a long s-video cable and plug via scart convertor, tell the computer to display on TV

TV is too far away to realistically run a cable. that's the main reason for wanting a wireless connection!
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Chem73;3365005
I bought one of these a year ago and love it: http://www.divx.com/connected/.

This looks exactly like what I need - my mate reckons you can buy a DVD player that you can link wired or wirelessly to your PC - but he's not sure where you can buy one. This could be close enough to do the job!!!
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Santa_Flaws;3367124



looks good, but i really need something that connects wirelessly, as PC is in another room. and preferably something with a dvd player built into it.

anyone got any more ideas?
1 Like #11
I would also go for a cheap xbox 1 console, i have this running at home over wireless, and can store your films, tv shows music, pictures etc.

Dont use it for games at all just a media center and mine looks similar to this:

http://www.teamrazorfish.co.uk/gallery.html
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andrpro
I would also go for a cheap xbox 1 console, i have this running at home over wireless, and can store your films, tv shows music, pictures etc.

Dont use it for games at all just a media center and mine looks similar to this:

http://www.teamrazorfish.co.uk/gallery.html


WTF is that all about?
How does it work....please explain further :oops:
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It is just custom software running on the Xbox so you stream/store movies on your Xbox and play them back on your TV. Xbox's can be soft-modded also, that's what I did with mine and didn't take too long. So you can pick up an Xbox for next to nothing and turn it into something that usually costs a hell of a lot more with probably a lot more functionality.
1 Like #14
i got a networked media tank player.

see [url]www.digitalera.co.uk[/url] for more info - direct link to faq and nmt info.
http://www.digitalera.co.uk/pages/nmt_faq.html
1 Like #15
Is your TV any where near your router? If not could you move the router? I took the telephone feed out the back of my Sky box so my router is next to my TV. This eliminates the need for wireless, and will give much smoother streaming especially if you want to stream HD.

Game were recently selling classic XBOX's for £10, which can be soft-modded to run XBMC which is fantastic for movies(not full HD), music & photos. (I'm told they also play games....) It's not wireless though, and although you can use a bridge I've had no luck streaming films wirelessly to one. It's a very cheap solution, that works very well, and it will play DVDs too.

Another cheap option if you have a spare hard drive is to search on EBay for DIVX player. You can pick up an external drive caddy with TV out & a remote control for under £30. Be sure to check whether the drive you want to use is SATA or IDE before buying though.
#16
You could buy a dvd player with a usb connection like this, Philips and Panasonic make several with usb. You can then either run a usb to your computer, or just buy an external hard drive to plug in.
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andrpro;3368285
I would also go for a cheap xbox 1 console, i have this running at home over wireless, and can store your films, tv shows music, pictures etc.

Sounds good
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SOSAGES1;3373991
i got a networked media tank player.

looks too expensive, but thanks
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bargainaholic;3374022
Is your TV any where near your router? If not could you move the router?

Staroffurby;3374067
You could buy a dvd player with a usb connection like this. You can then either run a usb to your computer, or just buy an external hard drive to plug in.

TV in living room, wireless router in the hall (too far away and through a wall to run a wired connection) and computer is in the study (the other side of the wall). So really want a wireless connection (my missus will not let me use the drill in the house again!!!)
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I thought it would be very straight forward to buy w DVD player that has a wireless connection to connect to my PC, but this is proving too difficult. I quite like the idea of the Xbox - it just depends on how easy it is to locate and install the software to enable it to stream movies from my PC. Does anybody know how this is done??? and does it come with a remote control?
#18
Lidl get them DVD players in where you can plug a USB or SD card in front of it and watch it like that!! They only cost around £30 and are very good as had mine for ages!!!
1 Like #19
Monkeybumcheeks
WTF is that all about?
How does it work....please explain further :oops:


if you buy a cheap orignal xbox console, you can install a soft mod using a save game exploit and Splinter cell, there are some other games aruond but this is what i use.

it install a Linux OS and you can do anyting with it and run what is called Xbox media Center,

in here you can put your movies, tv shows, music pictures etc, in any format, AVI, ISO, MPG, MP3, WMA - this kit will read more or less any format including winrar files.

It also plays DIVX files straight from the box. the link i posted is the skin that i run, when you set it up is scans IMDB, and other scrapers for images so it will load a dvd pic for you films, fanart for your tv shows and album covers for your MP3's automatically.

I have this connected to my home network and connect to a Windows XP Share on my PC Upstairs to stream all media.

http://xbmc.org gives you more info - ask away if you want any more questions.

You can pick up an xbox for around £20, takes 10mins to soft mod, and you can even put in a bigger disk, i also have a 200gig disk in my Xbox at the min.
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PapaSmurf
Sounds good
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looks too expensive, but thanks
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TV in living room, wireless router in the hall (too far away and through a wall to run a wired connection) and computer is in the study (the other side of the wall). So really want a wireless connection (my missus will not let me use the drill in the house again!!!)




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I thought it would be very straight forward to buy w DVD player that has a wireless connection to connect to my PC, but this is proving too difficult. I quite like the idea of the Xbox - it just depends on how easy it is to locate and install the software to enable it to stream movies from my PC. Does anybody know how this is done??? and does it come with a remote control?


You can buy a wireless gaming adaptor for the xbox, if you look on auction sites you can get the console with the remote as well. I have the xbox remote for mine, you can also buy the HD cables for £8 which then upscales to 720P / 1080i

let me know if you want any more details - ill help as much as i can

by the way the software to mod is just a game save, and original copy of splinter cell, the media center software is FREE.

if you dont want to stream the movies etc wirelessly, then install you gaming adpator into your xbox, install a bigger HD in there and FTP all your movies etc striaght onto the Xbox.

Or when you want to copy stuff onto the Xbox just plug in a cross over cable and FTP that way.
#21
I've no idea why this website keeps remving my posts, but here goes again!

Have a look at this:

http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/Shop/ShopDetail.asp?ProductID=4771

Just £99 at the moment from BroadbandBuyer and ticks all the boxes - wireless streaming and DVD player. I know people in work who have had earlier versions of this and really liked it - check a few reviews first tho'

Like I said before I have the DivX Connected box and I have been ripping movies to my PC in DivX format and just running them from there, works really well but does eat up a fair bit of space and some movies won't copy!

Also have a look at this review:

http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/accessories/0,39100116,49299176,00.htm

Again, no DVD drive but may give you more options as a pure media streamer.

Good Luck.
#22
I bought one of these. Excellent! Search fleabay for

"Lan 2.5"HDD media AV Recorder/Player Host DVD/AVI 1080i"

Doesn't wirelessly stream, but does have a LAN socket which you can link via a Powerline adaptor to your computer. In fact, I wouldn't recommend going the wireless route because of the bandwidth needed for video (especially with HD).

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