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Media Player

Evokazz

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have a lot of various media files, in various formats, but the main bulk of them are in AVI (DivX & XVID) and WMV files, there are also some HD Quality MPEGS with sound too.

I wondered if such a thing exists as this?.........

I want to be able to play my media, without burning it, or using a USB stick, I want to be able to somehow watch the files as they are, on some kind of equipment, that will hold a lot of files (500gb for example).

I dont want to stream through a XBOX 360, or a PS3, but wondered if there is such thing as a standalone media player? or maybe a Home Cinema System that plays all the files listed above? with excellent results?
 

Evokazz

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Any ideas?
 

Uridium

Distinguished Member
both popcorn hour (and most other NMT's) as well as the PS3 will playback from their own internal HDD as well as stream from a pc/nas. a 320 or 500gb HDD is a popular upgrade for the PS3 ;)
 

t72bogie

Well-known Member
see the Netgear EVA9150 thread down the page ...of course some people dont see the point of having a hard drive on board for a networked device, but for standalone it makes sense
 

Evokazz

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Does the PS3 play lots of formats, I mean will I still be able to play WMV on it even though thats windows format?

Im unsure bout the PS3 £300 Price tag, but it plays games aswell etc, not interested in the blu ray though, and thats a big part of the PS3 price tag.

I want to stick loads of music, images and videos to the main living room tv, on a system that can be upgraded (HDD) I presumed streaming would be best due to being able to buy and install a neverending aount of HDD for PC.
 

Uridium

Distinguished Member
Does the PS3 play lots of formats, I mean will I still be able to play WMV on it even though thats windows format?

Im unsure bout the PS3 £300 Price tag, but it plays games aswell etc, not interested in the blu ray though, and thats a big part of the PS3 price tag.

I want to stick loads of music, images and videos to the main living room tv, on a system that can be upgraded (HDD) I presumed streaming would be best due to being able to buy and install a neverending aount of HDD for PC.

If your not interested in games or Bluray then any of the NMT's that take a internal HDD is ideal for you and they will play any format you throw at them.

Not knocking the PS3 as i use one for streaming and love it but if you not going to make use of gaming or bluray then it's hard justifying the higher price tag.

Have a look in the links below for full info on PS3 format support and streaming features.

PS3 Media & Streaming - AVForums.com

http://www.avforums.com/forums/ps3-media-streaming/681190-ps3-media-playback-explained.html
 

Evokazz

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Aswell as internal can these NMT's take more space by streaming from PC? or can bigger HDD be added / swapped out in them?

Im in the UK so what would be the best priced all rounder for me? taking compatability and quality in mind, HDD size isnt an issue if I can stream from a PC with 500GB HDD in it
 

Uridium

Distinguished Member
Aswell as internal can these NMT's take more space by streaming from PC? or can bigger HDD be added / swapped out in them?

Im in the UK so what would be the best priced all rounder for me? taking compatability and quality in mind, HDD size isnt an issue if I can stream from a PC with 500GB HDD in it

Some take internal disks some external via an Esata port. Popcorn hour is the most popular take a look at that. All will stream as well.

I have 320Gb internal 2.5" SATA in my PS3 and 4x1TB in my Media PC i use for streaming to the PS3.
 

Evokazz

Well-known Member
Just another quick question, streaming on the XBOX 360, is this safe to do? or do you risk a ban? I mean if you stream a downloaded movie or such, could MS ban your Gamercard, or worse your console from Live? or do they not monitor whats being watched at all?
 

Uridium

Distinguished Member
No you have no need to worry ;)

Please don't compare the 360 to the PS3 when it comes to streaming though. Yes the 360 looks an appealing option with the low price tag but even if you can overlook the shocking fan noise ruining anything you want to watch it's format support is pretty limited. Especially with HD material.

(I've used both for streaming by the way ;)) so speaking as a someone with media streaming exprience of both.
 

Evokazz

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I know the 360 dominates on gaming performance etc, but moving away from that and sticking to streaming, does the PS3 kick the 360s butt then with media? if so then I may get one, I mean I wouldnt use the Blu Ray for a long time, but there are a few PS3 games that have been crawling under my skin lol, and I could finally play them.....
 

Uridium

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I know the 360 dominates on gaming performance etc, but moving away from that and sticking to streaming, does the PS3 kick the 360s butt then with media? if so then I may get one, I mean I wouldnt use the Blu Ray for a long time, but there are a few PS3 games that have been crawling under my skin lol, and I could finally play them.....

PS3's media performance is in a different league to the 360 ;)
 

Evokazz

Well-known Member
Hmmm your convincing me to buy one now.

If I setup TVersity for the PS3, would I be able to untie it from my 360? so its not associated with it at all, I ask cos it will all be on the same network same router. So would I be able to somehow tell the PC to connect with PS3 but leave my 360 alone lol
 

Evokazz

Well-known Member
Couple of Questions for PS3 lol

Box Contents on the 80GB version?

Will I get the following, as this is what I will need, just so I know what extra I will need to get if I take this route.

Are these supplied?

- HDMI Cable?
- Optical Cable? (doubt it but u never know)
- Some device/cable to charge the controllers?
- Batteries for controllers?
- Ethernet/LAN cable to hook up router?
 

DeepDiver

Well-known Member
Are these supplied?

- HDMI Cable?
- Optical Cable? (doubt it but u never know)
- Some device/cable to charge the controllers?
- Batteries for controllers?
- Ethernet/LAN cable to hook up router?


- HDMI Cable? No
- Optical Cable? (doubt it but u never know) No
- Some device/cable to charge the controllers? Yes
- Batteries for controllers? Not Needed
- Ethernet/LAN cable to hook up router Yes
 

Uridium

Distinguished Member
Hmmm your convincing me to buy one now.

If I setup TVersity for the PS3, would I be able to untie it from my 360? so its not associated with it at all, I ask cos it will all be on the same network same router. So would I be able to somehow tell the PC to connect with PS3 but leave my 360 alone lol


This app PS3 Media Server

is leagues ahead of TVersity for the PS3. Even allows custom Boxart for movies/folders to appear on the PS3 XMB (ps3 menu is the XMB)

Will also on-the-fly transcode any media that isn't natively supported by the PS3 (MKV with DTS basically) to a video contaner supported by the PS3
 

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