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Hey all.

So my old man is looking for a low cost USB media player he can use via HDMi on his 1080p TV.
Files he will be playing will be mostly WMV (VC1) and a few MP4 files, both a mixture of 720p or 1080p.

His TV already has a USB media player built in but it does not do a good job of playing the files it claims it can play rolleyes.gif it skips, freezes and stops constantly meaning he cant even watch 2-3 minutes, Prometheus was a complete failure and really it ruined the film for my mother as i had to encode it to a lower res and from WMV to MP4...and it still failed tongue.gif

Anyways....they are wanting something easy to use from USB stick with a remote, nothing fancy as they cant afford any costly hardware just before christmas, otherwise a low end HTPC build would likely be in the pipes.

So i would really appreciate any input you could give about which brands, models and types to avoid.
We where looking at the Sumvision Cyclone Micro 2, but after reading some of the reviews over on Amazon it put us off quite a bit as at least 3 reviews on 1 page noted that the device failed on most videos and stopped playing video files about 20-30 minutes before the end...now that sucks big time when you got the popcorn out and your on the edge of your seat, hehe.

I dont mind if i need to encode all videos to a certain format, container, bitrate etc as long as i can maintain a better quality of picture than a standard DVD and ideally in 1080P if possible.

Must be roughly same price as the Sumvision Cyclone Micro 2.
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Get the Western Digital TV Live HD Media Player for around $99-$110 (probably cheaper if you are in the US):

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/wd-wd-tv-live-hd-media-player-wdbhg70000nbk-vesn-wdbhg70000nbk-vesn/10180535.aspx?path=6ee3b296f55074ada8fdb8633facc481en02
 
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The Western Digital does look to be decent but its out of the budget for this, shame really.

Looking for something half the price to be honest, is there any other alternative to the Sumvision Cyclon? one that works as it should?

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