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I gotta say. I just bought a Sony BluRay that features wifi and online video and it's a very good product for the money.

I was going to build yet another (would be my 4th) HTPC for my bedroom but figured I'd give the bluray a whirl and I'm extremely pleased with it. It plays netflix and hulu flawlessly, my main HTPC still has the occasional stuttering issue with playback, pretty sure it's a hulu desktop issue.

The only drawback is the lack of hard drive for storing movies. It does have usb inputs and is compatible with .avi, .mp4 etc.. but I've yet to find a decent size thumb drive that will work. My 1GB drive works but my 8GB and 120GB external will not work. Quite possibly because they are NTFS and I believe you need FAT32 to be readable. I'll play with that more later.

So overall instead of sinking $300-400 on a streaming video HTPC I saved quite a bit as it only cost $135.
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It's hard to beat the 135$ price, but you know... the PC still has more flexibility. If all you do is watch bluray there's no need for a HTPC, and yes, most controllers can only read FAT32 partitions. The dumb part is FAT32 has a 4GB/file limit. It would be nice if they were to support NTFS, but it is M$' proprietary file system.
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you could just rip the blu-rays to the external as .mkv and play them off a WD HD TV Live.
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90% of the use will be streaming from Netflix and Hulu, the ability to play video files is just an added bonus for this system.
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It's hard to beat the 135$ price, but you know... the PC still has more flexibility. If all you do is watch bluray there's no need for a HTPC, and yes, most controllers can only read FAT32 partitions. The dumb part is FAT32 has a 4GB/file limit. It would be nice if they were to support NTFS, but it is M$' proprietary file system.
FAT32 is only limited to 4GB on Windows afaik, so if you're lucky larger files will work just fine
You just need Linux or Mac OS to get it on there..
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post #6 of 11
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The only video files that I have that are larger than 4GB are MKV's. The player doesn't support MKV so it shouldn't be that big of an issue. My DVD Rips to avi / mp4 format are typically in the 1-1.2 GB range.
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Thats pretty cool that it plays hulu. I didn't know they had BD players that could do that. Wouldn't work for me though I need something that can access my server.
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post #8 of 11
Yea, that is a good alternative for many.

For me, all 3 of my HTPC's have tv tuners (and each one was less than $200 each (one was ~$110)).
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post #9 of 11
Something really fantastic that I have come across recently is DLNA blu-ray players, they have entirely removed any desire for an HTPC I might have had (and actually got me to reconfigure my i3 HTPC to a real work computer).

It is so nice to be able to reduce the computers in the house to just one, and then stream everything off of that, instead of having a HTPC frontend, a music server frontend and a storage server to provide the media to both, in addition to a computer to actually do work on. I can even throw a tuner card in the main computer now and serve up recorded TV to the blu-ray player, if there was anything worth watching.

Overall, this setup is so much more energy efficient and hassle-free than the previous iteration.
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post #10 of 11
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Hmm.. I didn't know about that. Would be awesome if mine supported it but I do not think it does.. Time to check..
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