Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


728 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 263


Topic # 229018 3-Feb-2018 15:05
Send private message

Still chasing a replacement for my Western Digital TV Live player.

 

There seems to be a lot more of thes devices available now than when I last posted this question, hence my asking again.

 

First I'll restate my requirements.

 

All I want is a gadget that plugs into my TV, will accept a network cable that hooks it into my home LAN, and has a USB port to accept a nearby USB-docked 2TB hard drive.

 

These three facilities are pretty much all that my WDTVLive does for me, so they're all that I need from a new player.

 

It was suggested by a poster in my earlier thread that I use a Raspberry Pi, but I'd rather have something that requires less fiddling to set up.

 

The NVidia Shield looks pretty good, albeit a tad over-qualified, but it's fairly pricey.

 

Suggestions would be appreciated.

 

PS: Please don't hesitate to mention your own gadget that you only use for streaming video. As long as it'll also do what I want, it could be quite suitable.

 

 

 

 


Create new topic
7677 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2527

Subscriber

  Reply # 1951148 3-Feb-2018 15:10
Send private message

Our WDTV failed after 4 years of being on almost 24/7 so we have gone to the below

 

We use a chromecast as we have a PC thats on 24/7 which runs a DLNA server so we can just stream from that server. we use an app called local cast to access the media from out phones and cast it to the chromecast.


533 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 40


  Reply # 1951153 3-Feb-2018 15:18
Send private message

Our wdlive started acting up a few weeks back.
Picked up a cheap i5 pc on trademe, replaced the hdd with an ssd, plugged our previous external drive into it with our media, and installed plex media server...... works a treat using plex apps on our tv and tablets etc
Took a bit of arsing around as I had to reset the permissions for the media on the hdd to allow everyone to read/write to it but works a treat.

990 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 173

Subscriber

  Reply # 1951154 3-Feb-2018 15:19
One person supports this post
Send private message

Personally I use a 2nd Gen Fire TV which gets media (bluray rips etc) from a PC which has lots of hdd's and Emby media center (like Plex but vastly, nay, infinitely superior*). Easy to do but might not be what you're after.

 

*This is my opinion and not the opinion of Plex users and I can't justify it, but there you are.





rb99


166 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 48


  Reply # 1951158 3-Feb-2018 15:21
Send private message

I have a Western Digital TV Live player if you want it, barely used.

 

Unless you are after a modern device upgrade. 


2509 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1162


  Reply # 1953216 7-Feb-2018 19:04
Send private message

I pensioned off my WDs about two years ago, and moved to a Plex client/server model.

 

If plugging a USB in is a must for you, you could get one of the cheaper Kodi boxes. That should work fine.

 

However, if you have the budget, I recommend importing an nVidia Shield TV. They are around $US179+shipping on Amazon. I'm looking at getting one myself. Good hardware and codec support (eg copes with h.265). Running a Kodi client will give you what you want. Plus, you can also run Plex etc on it later if you choose to do so. Or Emby if you go rb99's route.


Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central launches
Posted 10-Jul-2018 10:40


Spark completes first milestone in voice platform upgrade
Posted 10-Jul-2018 09:36


Microsoft ices heated developers
Posted 6-Jul-2018 20:16


PB Technologies charged for its extended warranties and warned for bait advertising
Posted 3-Jul-2018 15:45


Almost 20,000 people claim credits from Spark
Posted 29-Jun-2018 10:40


Cove sells NZ's first insurance policy via chatbot
Posted 25-Jun-2018 10:04


N4L helping TAKA Trust bridge the digital divide for Lower Hutt students
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:08


Winners Announced for 2018 CIO Awards
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:03


Logitech Rally sets new standard for USB-connected video conference cameras
Posted 18-Jun-2018 09:27


Russell Stanners steps down as Vodafone NZ CEO
Posted 12-Jun-2018 09:13


Intergen recognised as 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for New Zealand
Posted 12-Jun-2018 08:00


Finalists Announced For Microsoft NZ Partner Awards
Posted 6-Jun-2018 15:12


Vocus Group and Vodafone announce joint venture to accelerate fibre innovation
Posted 5-Jun-2018 10:52


Kogan.com to launch Kogan Mobile in New Zealand
Posted 4-Jun-2018 14:34


Enable doubles fibre broadband speeds for its most popular wholesale service in Christchurch
Posted 2-Jun-2018 20:07



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.