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ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 HD Media Player - £59.99 Delivered @ Maplins
ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 HD Media Player - £59.99 Delivered @ Maplins

ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 HD Media Player - £59.99 Delivered @ Maplins

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The Easiest Way to Enjoy HD Content in the Living Room
Hassle-free multimedia playback without file conversion
Stunning HD 1080p high definition visuals
Play and share your music with one click
Full HD 1080p and Full Format Support (including RMVB)
New firmware is released on a regular basis and let you enjoy more features and have fun
The On-line Media feature allows you to browse over 5000 Internet TV channels, 20,000 Internet radio stations, Internet photo sharing sites, and weather updates directly streamed over the Internet to your O!Play
Simple setup easy to use
High speed file transfer with eSATA and LAN
Small form factor and ergonomic design
O!Play provides you the easiest way to share your files via a network
Connect to your TV via A/V or HDMI
O!Play HDP-R1 takes the trend to bring new HD experience to viewers in the living room. Simply connecting your O!Play HD Media Player via HDMI, users will witness the vivid and vibrant video coming to full wonder. Users do not have to worry about the compatibilities of file formats to the most formats of the video, music and picture. It also supports RMVB . O!Play HDP-R1 lets users enjoy the show without worrying about the file formats any more.

Do you also think network setting is very complicated? Now, O!Play provides you the easiest way to share your file by network. You could also install “O!Link-Lite.” Apply it on your PC and choose the files you would like to share. Press the link, then you will see it on your TV directly! Users do not have to carry the physical storage from study room to living room. HD content stream from PC or NAS to the Media Player for easy file management.

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I would buy that if I was looking for one of these. For the simple fact they dont use the ridiculous 'upscales to 1080p' selling feature.

is this better than the wdtv live

Wish i new what these did!

dave111

is this better than the wdtv live



Pic quality on the Asus is notoriously bad compared to the wdtv.

What does it do?

The website talks about "O!Play HDP-R1 takes the trend to bring new HD experience to viewers in the living room. Simply connecting your O!Play HD Media Player via HDMI, users will witness the vivid and vibrant video coming to full wonder. Users do not have to worry about the compatibilities of file formats to the most formats of the video, music and picture. It also supports RMVB . O!Play HDP-R1 lets users enjoy the show without worrying about the file formats any more."

That is just gibberish. Should I be worried about file formats? Does it have a DVD player? Can it do blur rays? Is it a video recorder? Does it have Freeview?

1616french

Wish i new what these did!


It's a media player for all your digital movies, music and photos
Plug the player into your TV then plug in a USB hard drive or memory stick and play your movies or play from your pc across your home network using a network cable.
I have the Acryan Playon HD mini and its a great bit of kit, this is a similar player.
Edited by: "BraveSirRobin" 17th Apr 2011

Anyone know if these kinds of things have (will have) Cinavia built into them?
With Sony updating the PS3 with this having to look for an alternative now.

whoadude

What does it do? The website talks about "O!Play HDP-R1 takes the trend … What does it do? The website talks about "O!Play HDP-R1 takes the trend to bring new HD experience to viewers in the living room. Simply connecting your O!Play HD Media Player via HDMI, users will witness the vivid and vibrant video coming to full wonder. Users do not have to worry about the compatibilities of file formats to the most formats of the video, music and picture. It also supports RMVB . O!Play HDP-R1 lets users enjoy the show without worrying about the file formats any more."That is just gibberish. Should I be worried about file formats? Does it have a DVD player? Can it do blur rays? Is it a video recorder? Does it have Freeview?



You shouldn't have to worry about common file formats and it doesn't have a DVD or bluray drive or freeview. It's a digital media player. If you have movies on your PC put them on a USB harddrive or memory stick and you can then watch them on your TV
Edited by: "BraveSirRobin" 17th Apr 2011

ive tested a western digital and seen the pic quality was much worse than my pc streaming via hdmi cable , could someone recommend a good quality one that plays m4v

will65mcmanus - Apr 17, 2011 19:04ive tested a western digital and seen … will65mcmanus - Apr 17, 2011 19:04ive tested a western digital and seen the pic quality was much worse than my pc streaming via hdmi cable , could someone recommend a good quality one that plays m4v



try one of these...
amazon.co.uk/MED…8-1

truly amazing piece of kit. Cant recommend this enough.
Edited by: "robjd" 17th Apr 2011

will65mcmanus

ive tested a western digital and seen the pic quality was much worse than … ive tested a western digital and seen the pic quality was much worse than my pc streaming via hdmi cable , could someone recommend a good quality one that plays m4v




WDTV live hub....

will65mcmanus

ive tested a western digital and seen the pic quality was much worse than … ive tested a western digital and seen the pic quality was much worse than my pc streaming via hdmi cable , could someone recommend a good quality one that plays m4v



I have a WDHDlive and the quality is amazing... then again, I dont think I've ever heard of the m4v format so I guess it may be the format NOT the player than was at fault?!??!

The picture quality on these units is fine - and adjustable I might add - so long as you've a good quality file. Rubbish quality files will look terrible on a big screen however good the media player is.

However, it's not perfect. I'm stuck on 1.24 firmware because going any higher than that sees the player recognize my Buffallo hard drive as a USB DVD player. It says DVD plug-in on the screen and freezes up.

The best place for an overview of media players is Iboum

iboum.com/net…php

There you can find out which players play which codecs etc

Nearly went for one of these a few weeks ago when Scan were doing them at the same price. Went for the WDTV-Live in the end on the strength of the reviews, it just looked a more mature product with better all-round support and it has been fairly impressive so far.

Anyone know if Asus have i-player/4OD support in the pipeline? The WD's internet streaming options are very limited for a UK user.

Excellent unit third party firmware available too from the community mine plays everything chucked at it from my NAS.

I wish i could find one of these media players that display forced subtitles, eg when the blue people in avatar are speaking, so you can understand whats going on.

Asus O!Play HD2 is the later model, I have the one advertised here and apart from no wireless support its good. I use homeplug network to overcome the above issue. Suggestions for firmware welcome :-) Hot.

Nice idea for a site though looks rather like it's owned by Futeko who use it as means of drumming up business and backlinks to the money site...

bubblegum2910

The best place for an overview of media players is … The best place for an overview of media players is Iboum[url=http://www.iboum.com/net-media-players.php]http://www.iboum.com/net-media-players.php[/url]There you can find out which players play which codecs etc


a box that plays media. wot is that much better about these than windows media player or xbox or ps3?

1Jim0

What about this … What about this one?http://www.maplin.co.uk/viewsonic-vmp73-hd-media-player-513245?footpanel=off



That one is very good, BBC iPlayer too if im not mistaken. Not having iPlayer is the only thing that lets down the wdtv.

581d

That one is very good, BBC iPlayer too if im not mistaken. Not having … That one is very good, BBC iPlayer too if im not mistaken. Not having iPlayer is the only thing that lets down the wdtv.



iplayer only going to be available on VMP74 apparently.
Edited by: "marktime" 17th Apr 2011

robjd

try one of … try one of these...[url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FMEDE8ER-MED500X-2TB-Mede8er-MED500X-Multimedia%2Fdp%2FB002VPUZLQ%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1303064073%26sr%3D8-1]http://www.amazon.co.uk/MEDE8ER-MED500X-2TB-Mede8er-MED500X-Multimedia/dp/B002VPUZLQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303064073&sr=8-1[/url]truly amazing piece of kit. Cant recommend this enough.


the menu is pig ugly tho, im after the cheapest thing that can run xbmc
Edited by: "spaceinvader" 17th Apr 2011

spaceinvader

the menu is pig ugly tho, im after the cheapest thing that can run xbmc




Old xbox, or a acer revo is you need HD would be your best option

rdtorres

a box that plays media. wot is that much better about these than windows … a box that plays media. wot is that much better about these than windows media player or xbox or ps3?



For Windows media player, you'd have to network it to the TV & leave the pc running. PS3 only supports FAT32, so no HD movies. Do these support dts sound?

There are various options, Iboum gives an overview. A HTPC just about does everything. It depends on what you want. Portability. Then the Asus is ok.

Wish the wd hd live was this price

How this connect to internet ? wifi ?

Best to pay a little more and get a better model with excellent menu is AC Ryan ACR-PV73800 Playon!HD Mini2 Gigabit-Lan HD 1080P Media Network Player
scan.co.uk/pro…yon!hd-mini2-gigabit-lan-hd-1080p-h264-mkv-wmv9-xvid-avc-iso-media-player

kumcy

How this connect to internet ? wifi ?


Ethernet.
Edited by: "marktime" 17th Apr 2011

[/quote]That one is very good, BBC iPlayer too if im not mistaken. Not having iPlayer is the only thing that lets down the wdtv.[/quote]

iplayer only going to be available on VMP74 apparently.
[/quote]

Do you have anymore info on this?

[/quote]
the menu is pig ugly tho, im after the cheapest thing that can run xbmc
[/quote]

Apple TV2 then...



Madbitster

Best to pay a little more and get a better model with excellent menu is … Best to pay a little more and get a better model with excellent menu is AC Ryan ACR-PV73800 Playon!HD Mini2 Gigabit-Lan HD 1080P Media Network Player[url=http://www.scan.co.uk/products/ac-ryan-playon!hd-mini2-gigabit-lan-hd-1080p-h264-mkv-wmv9-xvid-avc-iso-media-player]http://www.scan.co.uk/products/ac-ryan-playon!hd-mini2-gigabit-lan-hd-1080p-h264-mkv-wmv9-xvid-avc-iso-media-player[/url]



Any idea if this supports iPlayer and the like?

Judosteffer

Wish the wd hd live was this price




if you want one then dont beat yourself up over £16.

amazon.co.uk/Wes…8-1

bubblegum2910

For Windows media player, you'd have to network it to the TV & leave the … For Windows media player, you'd have to network it to the TV & leave the pc running. PS3 only supports FAT32, so no HD movies. Do these support dts sound? There are various options, Iboum gives an overview. A HTPC just about does everything. It depends on what you want. Portability. Then the Asus is ok.



Plenty of HD MKV's under 4 gig - not quite as clean looking as a blu ray, but still HD and look fine through this player and the PS3. Again, don't look for perfection, but better than any SD source can hope to be.

dennett316

Plenty of HD MKV's under 4 gig - not quite as clean looking as a blu ray, … Plenty of HD MKV's under 4 gig - not quite as clean looking as a blu ray, but still HD and look fine through this player and the PS3. Again, don't look for perfection, but better than any SD source can hope to be.



PS3 doesn't play MKV's you have to convert them. :l

I just want something neat, with a gorgeous menu that downloads metadata and cover art for my TV shows and films from Wikipedia/Google and plays HUGE MKV's crystal clear, with no tearing, all for under £50.. is that so much to ask for :D?

At the moment i have the AC Ryan mini but wanted something that i can create a share to my directory with my films on, and it needs to display the folders rather than the files inside. Any thoughts

Madbitster

Best to pay a little more and get a better model with excellent menu is … Best to pay a little more and get a better model with excellent menu is AC Ryan ACR-PV73800 Playon!HD Mini2 Gigabit-Lan HD 1080P Media Network Player[url=http://www.scan.co.uk/products/ac-ryan-playon!hd-mini2-gigabit-lan-hd-1080p-h264-mkv-wmv9-xvid-avc-iso-media-player]http://www.scan.co.uk/products/ac-ryan-playon!hd-mini2-gigabit-lan-hd-1080p-h264-mkv-wmv9-xvid-avc-iso-media-player[/url]


I have two of those, one in the lounge and one in the bedroom. Great hardware, rubbish software, virtually non existent support. Check the AC Ryan forums, tons of issues and very little in the way of response from AC Ryan.

If they'd sort the software out they'd be the best players on the market for the money, but as things stand there's no-way I'd recommend one. Maybe when they finally release the new firmware they've been promising.

The 1st generation Realtek players (of which the Asus O!Play is one) have a very poor interface. A bit like DOS from the 80s. The O!Play will play everything but it's not pretty. Much better interfaces are on the 2nd gen players like Kaiboer H1055, ACRyan Playon 2, and forthcoming Xtreamer Ultra, HiMedia 600..
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