Hello all, i hear good things about this community.
I currently have a portable harddrive with my backed up video filesm in all manner of formats.
i can plug the harddrive directly into the tv and watch the files fine, but if i want to watch them on another tv (which hasnt got the usb port) i used to use a blu ray player (with USB) but that has started playing really choppy and will only play .avi filems not .mp4.
I was told to try a NAS unit, but i have no clue of these.
I have home plugs which carry the connection around the house. - does the nas plug into a tv? or do i need a ethernet connection on the tv and the files are streamed?
does the NAS unit manage the actual playing of the file and just "projects the image to the TV - i.e. if the blu ray player cant play the .mp4 files, how do i know they will work on the TV?
The only other method i can use is to plug the portable HD to the xbox and watch on the 2nd tv that weay - but i have not tried with .mp4 files, and its quite bulky to be moving from room to room.
NAS would generally just be a place to store files, it may support DLNA, but you would still need a device to read the stream to connect to your tv. There are lots of devices which can do this, personally I prefer the WD Live tv devices.
Those devices will also let you hook a usb drive directly to them, so you wouldn't really need a nas setup if you didn't mind using the usb drive. They will play pretty much any format, and connect to your tv via hdmi.
oh ok, thats sounds much better.
do you know if the wd Live can handle files from a portable drive smoothly? i suspect that the stuttering / choppy playback via the portable drive plugged into the blu ray player is because there is no cpu or brain reading the files, like on the xbox ?