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    Media Centre Box for TV? Home Theatre help

    Hi guys,

    Right..

    I'll try to explain in simple terms what I am trying to achieve.

    I want to buy a media centre box, that holds a large hard disk, that I can plug into my tv via HDMI port.

    I want to be able to connect this media box to my computer via usb and put films onto it, so I can then plug it into the tv, scroll down to the right film click play and voila.

    A media centre player thing that holds numerous films at the click of a button.


    What product do I need?

    Cheers

    25 Comments

    Apple TV FTW

    PS3.

    WDTV player. Get yourself that WDTV and a portable hard drive.

    Means you can keep the WDTV player at the tv, and just move the usb drive about by putting stuff on it and then moving it back to the TV and playing it back.

    Original Poster

    I've sold a ps3, i just want something small that can just chill on the bedroom cupboard.

    revo with xbmc

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    hippyharry

    WDTV player. Get yourself that WDTV and a portable hard drive.Means you … WDTV player. Get yourself that WDTV and a portable hard drive.Means you can keep the WDTV player at the tv, and just move the usb drive about by putting stuff on it and then moving it back to the TV and playing it back.



    Do these WDTV players have built in hard disks.

    I would prefer this thing to be as small as possible and as less leads as poss

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    Charlie Scene

    revo with xbmc



    You mean the acer revo.

    Could you elaborate a bit more.

    Is this a small thing?

    Is it noise free?

    Isn't a revo basically a computer?

    doritos

    Do these WDTV players have built in hard disks.I would prefer this thing … Do these WDTV players have built in hard disks.I would prefer this thing to be as small as possible and as less leads as poss



    Ahh, nope, sorry it doesnt. Something with an internal hard drive. The REVO mentioned above would be decent. That is a PC, so you could have your movies, tv shows etc download directly to that pc and since its already plugged into the TV, you wouldnt have to move anything about.

    Theres also a Popcorn Hour A100-A110 which lets you put hard drives inside, but these are formatted in EXT2/3 and you need a driver on your MAC/Windows computer to read/write to these drives. Simple to do, but when you've had plenty of problems with the Popcorn like I have, then you'll understand the concept to just not use it anymore.

    The WDTV is small enough though, and a portable hard drive with 1 USB cable (no power plug) could just sit on top of it.

    revo with xbmc would be the slickest setup.
    Why not stream over network?

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    doritos

    You mean the acer revo.Could you elaborate a bit more.Is this a small … You mean the acer revo.Could you elaborate a bit more.Is this a small thing?Is it noise free?Isn't a revo basically a computer?



    Yes, the Revo is a tiny PC. It would be a far nicer solution for you to use than what you are trying to do purely because the eye candy on these are superb. If you're fine about playing a file called 1080Ppartfilem fame.somefinkelse.mkv, then fine. But it looks much nicer with proper titles, fan art and drillable info (eg cast... actor info etc etc)

    You'd just connect it to your router rather than another PC direct and add external Hard drives as and when required. Have a look at some of the screenshots added to this thread.

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    hippyharry

    Ahh, nope, sorry it doesnt. Something with an internal hard drive. The … Ahh, nope, sorry it doesnt. Something with an internal hard drive. The REVO mentioned above would be decent. That is a PC, so you could have your movies, tv shows etc download directly to that pc and since its already plugged into the TV, you wouldnt have to move anything about.Theres also a Popcorn Hour A100-A110 which lets you put hard drives inside, but these are formatted in EXT2/3 and you need a driver on your MAC/Windows computer to read/write to these drives. Simple to do, but when you've had plenty of problems with the Popcorn like I have, then you'll understand the concept to just not use it anymore.The WDTV is small enough though, and a portable hard drive with 1 USB cable (no power plug) could just sit on top of it.



    Thanks for the detail.

    The revo seems nice with this XBMC, have to gander further.

    Yeah the hard disk with the WDTV is an option.
    Cheers

    you need a jelly bean.

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    guv

    Yes, the Revo is a tiny PC. It would be a far nicer solution for you to … Yes, the Revo is a tiny PC. It would be a far nicer solution for you to use than what you are trying to do purely because the eye candy on these are superb. If you're fine about playing a file called 1080Ppartfilem fame.somefinkelse.mkv, then fine. But it looks much nicer with proper titles, fan art and drillable info (eg cast... actor info etc etc)You'd just connect it to your router rather than another PC direct and add external Hard drives as and when required. Have a look at some of the screenshots added to this thread.



    Thanks for the reply.

    Yeah they do look very nice.
    So how does it all work?

    For example (without being illegitimate) if I downloaded a harry potter off a torrent (not that I would :D), how does all the image art etc come about?
    Or is it a manual thing you do yourself?

    How do you mean connect direct to my router?

    Could it not be directly connected to my TV (This is what I would prefer)

    Thanks

    some good info here

    revo thread

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    doritos

    So how does it all work?For example (without being illegitimate) if I … So how does it all work?For example (without being illegitimate) if I downloaded a harry potter off a torrent (not that I would :D), how does all the image art etc come about?Or is it a manual thing you do yourself?How do you mean connect direct to my router? Could it not be directly connected to my TV (This is what I would prefer)Thanks



    The artwork comes from online sources and via something inside xbmc called a scraper. It doers as it sounds - it trawls the internet and scraps info for you and saves it on the hard drive. The filename does need to be in a format it can be recognised, but a "file renamer" will do that by a simple drag and drop. The PC is connected to your TV by HDMI and will handle full 1080P without any problems. But for it to do the scraping, it needs to be connected to your router with a Cat5 cable, though it could be done by WiFi (which comes as standard - but hard wired is much better)

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    guv

    The artwork comes from online sources and via something inside xbmc … The artwork comes from online sources and via something inside xbmc called a scraper. It doers as it sounds - it trawls the internet and scraps info for you and saves it on the hard drive. The filename does need to be in a format it can be recognised, but a "file renamer" will do that by a simple drag and drop. The PC is connected to your TV by HDMI and will handle full 1080P without any problems. But for it to do the scraping, it needs to be connected to your router with a Cat5 cable, though it could be done by WiFi (which comes as standard - but hard wired is much better)



    Cheers guv,

    Oh right, so it can be done with wifi.

    This sounds like a good little setup.

    Now I've got to find a good deal on one!

    From what you have said, and my minimal research so far (I will trawl through the threads later) it seems like an ideal thing!

    There is a version of the WDTV with a built in HDD.

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    doritos

    This sounds like a good little setup.Now I've got to find a good deal on … This sounds like a good little setup.Now I've got to find a good deal on one!From what you have said, and my minimal research so far (I will trawl through the threads later) it seems like an ideal thing!




    Eh?

    Ive already posted a link!!!! Here it is again!

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    guv

    Eh?Ive already posted a link!!!! Here it is again!



    Oh you did! lol.

    Is there an awful lot of difference between the r3610 and the r3700?
    And is the r3700 the latest thus far?

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    doritos

    Is there an awful lot of difference between the r3610 and the r3700?And … Is there an awful lot of difference between the r3610 and the r3700?And is the r3700 the latest thus far?



    If you're are just using it as a media centre, you'll not notice any difference between them. If you dont want to run windows 7 and have it displayed on your TV, then I'd probably say go for the 3700, otherwise the 3610 with wireless keyboard and mouse + Win 7 license offers better value for money IMHO.

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    Cheers again guv.

    One more thing,

    is the revo quiet?
    Its nothing like the jet engine sound of the 360?
    Edited by: "doritos" 29th Dec 2010

    yeah it's quiet and low power consumption so you could leave it on

    Some interesting insight into this idea. I've been looking for something like this for a while - may take the plunge and get one after new year. Cheers to guv and hippyharry for additional info.

    + the revo can be fixed to the back of an LCD using the VESA mounts.

    Revos are awesome, I have 2!

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