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# 99098 12-Mar-2012 20:32
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I am looking to buy a new media streamer/player for the bedroom. The one feature that I have not been able to confirm on the models I have been looking at is the ability to successfully play back FreeviewHD recordings from Mediaportal. I currently have WDTV Live which will not play the 1080i TV3 recordings, or the audio on the TVNZ channels. C4, Prime and the other SD channels do work. Any advice? Ideally I would put a Mediaportal client in there, but again what are peoples experiences with cheap nettop machines at playing back TV3's 1080i video? All the reviews etc online concentrate on 1080p playback.


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  # 594361 12-Mar-2012 22:06
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i bought an Apacer 670 media player to do just what you describe. It will play all the TS files my HTPC records using MediaPortal. The only problem I had was setting up the network shares and permissions with my Windows 7 network. Once that was sorted out it happily plays all the recorded TV from the 5 main TV channels (with sound) as well as the MP4 and MKV files I have transcoded from the TS files to save some space.

The only thing is the interface is pretty basic and it just displays the standard windows files hierachy which you have to navigate. Certainly not as fancy as a proper TV Client running a skinned MP. It comes with a remote and was only just over $100. Not bad since its only for the third TV.

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