Go Back   Team-BHP > Around the Corner > Shifting gears > Gadgets, Computers & Software


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 29th May 2011, 23:41   #316
Senior - BHPian
 
reignofchaos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,175
Thanked: 1,092 Times
Default Re: Networked Media Players - Play External HDD Content on TV

Please avoid the iomega media players. They have loads of firmware issues. Any among WDTV, Xtreamer, AC Ryan, Kaiboer, Asus O Play are a much better deal since they have very few firmware bugs.

All the above will play mkvs without much trouble.
reignofchaos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th May 2011, 10:24   #317
BHPian
 
anilkalvani's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Bandra West, Bombay
Posts: 629
Thanked: 77 Times
Default Re: Networked Media Players - Play External HDD Content on TV

Quote:
Originally Posted by reignofchaos View Post
Please avoid the iomega media players. They have loads of firmware issues. Any among WDTV, Xtreamer, AC Ryan, Kaiboer, Asus O Play are a much better deal since they have very few firmware bugs.

All the above will play mkvs without much trouble.
Thanks. Also wanted to know if the media players you suggested above have inbuilt HDD & if yes then NTFS or FAT32. Also if they can play external content, can we connect NTFS formatted HDD's. The reason i am asking you this is that in FAT32 the file size is limited to 4GB, whereas in NTFS with .mkv files as large as 14GB can be stored. Don't want to haste on this & regret later.
anilkalvani is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th May 2011, 10:44   #318
Senior - BHPian
 
srishiva's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Bengaluru
Posts: 3,465
Thanked: 692 Times
Default Re: Networked Media Players - Play External HDD Content on TV

I am looking at buying the Asus OPlay Air. Advantage is that since all media is on my PC, it will be able to play those over wireless. Anyone has feedback on this?
srishiva is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th May 2011, 11:25   #319
Senior - BHPian
 
reignofchaos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,175
Thanked: 1,092 Times
Default Re: Networked Media Players - Play External HDD Content on TV

All of these players support ntfs formatted drives.
reignofchaos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th May 2011, 12:29   #320
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Pune
Posts: 268
Thanked: 10 Times
Default Re: Networked Media Players - Play External HDD Content on TV

Quote:
Originally Posted by anilkalvani View Post
Thanks. Also wanted to know if the media players you suggested above have inbuilt HDD & if yes then NTFS or FAT32. Also if they can play external content, can we connect NTFS formatted HDD's. The reason i am asking you this is that in FAT32 the file size is limited to 4GB, whereas in NTFS with .mkv files as large as 14GB can be stored. Don't want to haste on this & regret later.
I used 9GB file with xtreamer, files from NTFS partition shared on network.

Quote:
Originally Posted by srishiva View Post
I am looking at buying the Asus OPlay Air. Advantage is that since all media is on my PC, it will be able to play those over wireless. Anyone has feedback on this?
Over the wireless, SD content is played flawlessly. Only issue comes with HD content. Neither 720P nor 1080p played over wireless flawlessly. I tried using n-routers + USB n-clients at both legs of network. Still results marginally improved over g-router.
g router throughput is 7Mbps while n router throughput is 10-12 Mbps.

Jitter present while HD content played from computer HDD. Wired network is better for this. Otherwise use 1 TB WD-passport USB disk, copy all HD content to that. I installed 500GB inside xtreamer and HD content copied to 1-TB connected with USB. Also think of something like network storage kept near wireless router.

Last edited by omishra : 30th May 2011 at 12:33.
omishra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd July 2011, 08:56   #321
BHPian
 
Fillmore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 271
Thanked: 127 Times
Default Re: Networked Media Players - Play External HDD Content on TV

Anyone on this thread with a Media Player/ Networked Media player has setup any app that lets you browse Facebook ?

I have an old 2nd generation Popcorn hour A110. In case there are any generic Apps wanted to check if I could use them.

The Popcorn 200 and C300 series have built in FB support but not the series I own. It does support Flicker/Picassa though.
Fillmore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th July 2011, 20:14   #322
BHPian
 
sharathnair's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Bangalore / Kottayam
Posts: 40
Thanked: 0 Times
Default Re: Networked Media Players - Play External HDD Content on TV

Quote:
Anyone on this thread with a Media Player/ Networked Media player has setup any app that lets you browse Facebook ?

I have an old 2nd generation Popcorn hour A110. In case there are any generic Apps wanted to check if I could use them.

The Popcorn 200 and C300 series have built in FB support but not the series I own. It does support Flicker/Picassa though.
WD TV Live Hub supports Facebook i guess, check out this review WD TV Live Hub Review < Media Players Accessories Review, Price, Features, Specs, User Opinions < PC World India Reviews< PCWorld.in

I want to buy one of this, iam in Bangalore... Can someone help guide me to the best price and place to get it from??
I found this in STAPLES bangalore but they were quoting 12599, which is way too high i guess...
sharathnair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd August 2011, 22:05   #323
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Technocrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mid West
Posts: 14,861
Thanked: 2,398 Times
Default Re: Networked Media Players - Play External HDD Content on TV

Has anyone tried Google TV from Logitech - Logitech Revue™ With Google TV™?

Seems like they have slashed price from initial $299 to $99.

Any idea if it allows one to use the TV for surfing the web, would be great to watch videos online on a TV.
Technocrat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd August 2011, 22:49   #324
Senior - BHPian
 
download2live's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,101
Thanked: 387 Times
Default Re: Networked Media Players - Play External HDD Content on TV

I am looking to buy this one from flipkart. Anyone has this particular model??

Flipkart.com: WD Elements Play Multimedia Drive 2 TB: External Hard Drive

I am thinking of using the cables from the TataSky box to connect it to my humble old CRT.
Possible???
download2live is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd August 2011, 23:14   #325
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Technocrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mid West
Posts: 14,861
Thanked: 2,398 Times
Default Re: Networked Media Players - Play External HDD Content on TV

When you say cables from TataSky you mean using composite cables right? There are two types of cables, composite & component. If the TataSky has composite then yes it would work
Technocrat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd August 2011, 11:38   #326
BHPian
 
deetee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 222
Thanked: 85 Times
Default Re: Networked Media Players - Play External HDD Content on TV

I bought Asus O!play hd2 in May'11 for 7000 INR.Plonked in a 1.5TB 3.5" HDD.It is able to play all formats.Even played subtitles that were embedded onto video. It has options to change fonts size and colour of subtitles.Remote reception is quite good even from a distance of 15-20 ft.
But ,after the intial excitement died down, am back to watching movies on laptop .Becuase, family occupies the tv most of the time.

It can download torrents, can act as NAS,can connect to picasa and flickr , can stream videos(not youtube) etc.,. But the processor is something of 425 mhz only and hence cannot do multitasking. So , if I want to watch movies, I have to stop anyother running service. Didn't try wifi on this but wired it to router.

Last edited by deetee : 3rd August 2011 at 11:41.
deetee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd August 2011, 15:12   #327
BHPian
 
anilkalvani's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Bandra West, Bombay
Posts: 629
Thanked: 77 Times
Default Re: Networked Media Players - Play External HDD Content on TV

Quote:
Originally Posted by download2live View Post
I am looking to buy this one from flipkart. Anyone has this particular model??

Flipkart.com: WD Elements Play Multimedia Drive 2 TB: External Hard Drive

I am thinking of using the cables from the TataSky box to connect it to my humble old CRT.
Possible???
I suggest you check this out before you go ahead with your purchase.

Buy Western Digital 1TB WDBACA0010BBK SESN TV Live Hub at Best Price in India - Also find Specifications, Photos, Features & Reviews

Do compare this with the Elements Play & decide. I am thinking of buying the Live Hub.
anilkalvani is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd August 2011, 15:30   #328
Senior - BHPian
 
vkochar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Delhi / Agra / London
Posts: 2,030
Thanked: 207 Times
Default Re: Networked Media Players - Play External HDD Content on TV

Here is a small problem I am facing with my setup. If someone can point me in the right direction.

I have a 42'' Plasma LG with 3x HDMI slots & a USB slot
I also have a WD 1TB Live Hub which has a HDMI slot, USB x 2, and a ethernet slot.
I have a BSNL wi-fi connection router which is placed in another room.
I have a netgear 1000 rupees wifi dongle.

How do I connect my WD Live Hub to the Internet ? I tried plugging in the netgear dongle BUT WD does not recognise it !

What is the best way. I know if I get the telephone cable in my room I can get the router BUt that would mean cluttering my bedroom table with another piece of equipment which I do not want to.

Any suggestions are more than welcome
vkochar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd August 2011, 15:35   #329
Senior - BHPian
 
download2live's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,101
Thanked: 387 Times
Default Re: Networked Media Players - Play External HDD Content on TV

Quote:
Originally Posted by Technocrat View Post
When you say cables from TataSky you mean using composite cables right? There are two types of cables, composite & component. If the TataSky has composite then yes it would work
Hmmm. I am not so clear on it. Actually I asked them what are the accessories they are giving. I was sure they will give only a USB cable. Ant that was the case also.

Name:  ACCCZYYU7FXTZGYH.jpg
Views: 624
Size:  7.5 KB

I am a simple guy. Here we see yellow, white and red sockets. Ok, they are there behind the red BHP lettering. You can go to flipkart link to see the box.
http://www.flipkart.com/computers/ex...0-d28bd13a0248
On the tata sky box also the same are there. And on the back of my TV too. The heads of the tata sky cable are also of same color on either end. So I felt It will connect. Same color na

Quote:
Originally Posted by anilkalvani View Post
I suggest you check this out before you go ahead with your purchase.

Buy Western Digital 1TB WDBACA0010BBK SESN TV Live Hub at Best Price in India - Also find Specifications, Photos, Features & Reviews

Do compare this with the Elements Play & decide. I am thinking of buying the Live Hub.
How come they are quoting 10k+ for 1 TB when Flipkart is giving 2TB box for Rs 9200? And the letsbuy thing is not even on USB3.0 to justify the premium. Am I missing something? Ok. Streaming content capability maybe is the reason for price difference.

Last edited by download2live : 3rd August 2011 at 15:39.
download2live is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd August 2011, 15:49   #330
Senior - BHPian
 
Hatari's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Calcutta
Posts: 1,568
Thanked: 364 Times
Default Re: Networked Media Players - Play External HDD Content on TV

I use the Modeo HD player. Very happy with it.
InnoSupply
Hatari is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
External USB HDD would not mount kpbhatt Gadgets, Computers & Software 18 22nd December 2009 06:53
Backup Solutions : Windows 2003 compatible External HDD ? Need help ! FlyingSpur Gadgets, Computers & Software 36 11th November 2009 15:35
Install Ubuntu on External HDD rahulsingh007 Gadgets, Computers & Software 1 17th February 2009 09:59
HDD External Casing adityamunshi Gadgets, Computers & Software 22 3rd February 2008 21:15


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 20:34.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks