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I am trying to hook my TV to the network via a PC/media device.

My aim:

  1. Be able to copy movies from my PC to my TV (across rooms).
  2. Be able to then play the movie on my TV (while my PC is off).

Some ideas are NAS, Raspberry PI, mini Android computers. NAS are expensive, Raspberry Pi seems limited. and the Android computers are reported as slow and low resolution.

So effectively, a media player, with a network storage. Or a mini cheap Windows PC that I can copy like a network shared area, that will play on HDMI.

Oh, and internet TV is a bonus, not a must.

Does anyone know of a good option? I'm trying to spend less then £50.

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Product recommendations are off-topic: help center. A raspberry pi running raspbmc is probably what you are after, but you'll need some external storage. You can forget windows in this scenario. –  Paul Nov 18 '13 at 23:38
@Paul Thanks, is there any where to ask off-topic questions? I wasnt sure, so came to superuser. I can't find anything capable of what I want. –  Doomsknight Nov 18 '13 at 23:41
chat.stackexchange.com - You can normally ask whatever you want in the Chat. Join us in Root Access! –  Michael Frank Nov 18 '13 at 23:42
I just use an old Windows PC. DVI to HDMI adapter and audio out to my surround sound. With that set up, you can do just about anything - tv, movies, games, internet, music. You can add TV tuners, XBMC, whatever. –  Keltari Nov 18 '13 at 23:52
In theory, off topic questions are off topic anywhere they are off topic for. Chat's the right place however –  Journeyman Geek Nov 18 '13 at 23:52

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WD TV Live

If you already have a USB Hard drive, you can plug it in to the USB port on the WD and share it on the network.

The WD is hands down the best out of the box media player available.

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I think that is exactly what I am after. And not too far from my price range. The interesting concept is having the usb harddrive as a shared network storage. Which is exactly what I was after! :) I will read more about it when i get chance. Cheers –  Doomsknight Nov 19 '13 at 9:36
Glad I could help. I have one attached to every TV and couldn't live without them. –  Chris Nov 19 '13 at 11:43

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