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  #1281118 11-Apr-2015 15:40
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Samsung BD-HD6500. Available most anywhere. Can be had for under $200 if you shop around. I believe the 5500 is similar too, but I have not used that unit so I can't say how good it is.

Does Netflix perfectly, Lightbox, Youtube, Blu-Ray, has a plex client, plays off ordinary DLNA shares or a usb stick in the front of the unit. All in one tiny package. Has clients for coliseum sports if that is your thing too. Also has clients for TVNZ and TV3 on demand. Best thing is it is plug and play, it just works. It is simple so has a high WAF which is a big plus for me.

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  #1281367 12-Apr-2015 11:39
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iamian: The media at the minute is just on 2 hard drives connected to the WDTV, and that turns it into a network drive. Looks like changing this so they are connected to the modem/router and then getting the Fire TV is the way to go.


Unless you are really budget constrained, I would advise you to seriously consider getting a NAS. Budget 4-bay models aren't that expensive, and from what others say will work with an AFTV (I don't have one to try).

There are a number of advantages - including that they are power-sipping when not in use, won't require you to have your PC on, will let you stream wired/wirelsss to any media player in the house (including the old WDTV if you put that in a spare room etc), and will let you stream to phones, tablets and laptops etc as well.

But most importantly, you can set up RAID, which means it should survive a drive failure. Having media spread across multiple drives without backups is simply begging for trouble - eventually you will have to re-acquire and re-rip media when a drive fails. Even if you do have a duplicate, restoring is a pain in the backside.

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