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I have been looking into getting an external hard drive for storage for a while and decided it would be best to extend it so that i can watch stored films etc on my LCD as well. The problem is i know next to nothing of what is good/bad/indifferent in this. I had a quick search on ebay and found a few but most of you know what is what with this sort of thing. Would any of these be good value or does anyone have a better suggestion?

 

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Cyclone-1TB-HDMI-LAN-Hard-Drive-Media-Player-Recorder_W0QQitemZ310182687843QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Computing_HardDrives_RL?hash=item4838543463

 

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/External-Portable-1500GB-1-5TB-Media-Player-Drive-MZ3_W0QQitemZ230395072746QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Computing_HardDrives_RL?hash=item35a49dd0ea

 

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1TB-Iomega-Screenplay-Plus-HD-Multimedia-Drive-NEW_W0QQitemZ250535907752QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Computing_HardDrives_RL?hash=item3a551a91a8

 

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Lacie-1TB-Lacinema-Classic-External-Multimedia-HDMI_W0QQitemZ330357793500QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Computing_HardDrives_RL?hash=item4ceadbe2dc

 

 

 

Any input would be fantastic cheers

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If i were you I'd buy a seperate external HDD to media player.

 

Depends what you want from the media player itself, i.e. whether you want a fully fledged, movie art, trailer filled sexy media centre, or whether you just want a box that plays files.

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If i were you I'd buy a seperate external HDD to media player.

 

Depends what you want from the media player itself, i.e. whether you want a fully fledged, movie art, trailer filled sexy media centre, or whether you just want a box that plays files.

 

Just really looking for a box that plays files to be honest, would be 90% storing and 10% for TV viewing really.

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Well something like the WDTV media player box would work with any External HDD/USB pen you bought. My parents have 1 and it's a very useful bit of kit.

 

Are you intending to just keep it next to your computer and move it to your tv when necessary or are they close together or what?

 

There is a LAN version (newer/more expensive) of the WDTV player, or just a normal version which is no doubt going quite cheap on eBay.

 

(and it's full HD playbackable, which some of those other examples are not)

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Will be a case of PC in one room and whichever TV is in another so would be moved for that.

 

All the ones i have seen have pretty contrasting reviews from excellent to hit and miss so pretty much anything reliable and not too expensive is the goal ;D

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Oky doky.

 

Well, I've only experience of the WDTV and it's a canny bit of kit. It's tiny, full hd and has a massive range of support for all different video and audio codecs.

 

As far as the HDDness goes, you could comfortably just copy things to a USB pen/small portable hdd as and when you wanted to play them. Or you could have a full external hdd with everything on. Just do whatever suits you best I guess.

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Don't get the 3rd one. S'rubbish. I fail to see why it exists. The first one is the one I'm referring to. (I think it exists just for Real Player playback, which must be something they have to license (i.e. Pay for), but I'm sure no fucker uses RP anymore)

 

As far as a HDD goes, that one is fine. However, it does depend whether you want to have to turn the HDD on/off via a switch on the back, or have a HDD that automatically sleeps after time of no use (eg http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-Expansions-External-Desktop-Drive/dp/B00238KZPM/ref=dp_cp_ob_ce_title_1).

 

You should check out some youtube clips of the wdtv interface and read the user forums. All very active, so if you ever have troubles, there'd be plenty of people at hand (http://wdtvforum.com/main/). As I say, it's simple as hell, but has a lot of playback compatibility for the price.

 

 

 

 

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Good stuff thanks mate, the HDD you gave sounds better in terms of reliablility too so looks the shot.

 

I posted that third one before reading it, no HDMI port jumped straight out then the list of stuff it cant show.

 

Cheers for your help, think i may just buy them straight after work tonight O0

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Bit late, but what about this? If I understand it correctly it does away with the need for an external HDD?

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-Internet-Streamer-Television/dp/B002LZUHMI/ref=pd_sim_ce_3

 

Mega late answer, but yes and no. With that version you can stream stuff over the network, which means you will need an Ethernet cable run to the WD box, I'd still us an ext hdd or a usb pen far easier.

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