Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Stand Alone Media Players
Old 08-13-2019, 07:57 AM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Historic Florida
Posts: 3,531
Stand Alone Media Players

Anyone here have any of these? We pretty much use ours exclusively. I like to DL old British shows like Morse, Prime Suspect, Murder in Paradise, Midsomer Murders, Escape to the Country, Escape to the Continent etc. They support all the streaming Apps, but we do not use them as such. All our Music, family photos etc. are all stored on them too. Each has a 4tb Hard Drive and I use one to backup the other so in effect they are duplicates.

These are available mostly for free download from their own websites and YouTube Etc. as they are quite old. I DL them to hard disk and then keep them for later viewing. It has become pretty much a hobby for me. sometimes it can be a challenge to get all episodes.

I usually look at what BritBox or Acorn have and search around for them where they can be DL'd without violating any copywrite. Most shows are beyond their due by date,.

I have these 2 boxes and they work well as they support virtually all Video/Audio formats between them.

1) Dune HD Ultra 4k
2) HiMedia Q10 Pro
Attached Images
File Type: jpg HiMedia-Q10-Pro-Banner.jpg (23.5 KB, 17 views)
File Type: jpg 20181010205321_0_62.jpg (80.3 KB, 18 views)
__________________

__________________
"Arguing with an Engineer is like rolling in the mud with a pig. Just remember that the pig likes it."
ShokWaveRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-13-2019, 09:08 AM   #2
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
RonBoyd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 5,655
I am not sure I understand the question. By "stand alone," do you mean having internal storage. Other than that, it seems they are no different then, say, ROKU, or Shield. Of course, the Tablo devices have internal as well as external storage capability. Probably better than PLEX, KODI, or Emby, however, since they require a computer of some variety.
__________________

__________________
"It's tough to make predictions, especially when it involves the future." ~Attributed to many
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is." ~(perhaps by) Yogi Berra
"Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge."~ Lau tzu
RonBoyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2019, 09:13 AM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Historic Florida
Posts: 3,531
Quote:
Originally Posted by RonBoyd View Post
I am not sure I understand the question. By "stand alone," do you mean having internal storage. Other than that, it seems they are no different then, say, ROKU, or Shield. Of course, the Tablo devices have internal as well as external storage capability. Probably better than PLEX, KODI, or Emby, however, since they require a computer of some variety.
No computer is needed, think of them as a standalone set top box for all types of media. Typically they are Android or proprietary OS controlled. They simply connect to a TV via HDMI and live in one's home network. Files can be copied to and from them just like any other networked device.

We use ours for Video Files, All our Audio files (DL'ed all CD's years ago to digital and sold CDs), Photos and pretty much any media file.
__________________
"Arguing with an Engineer is like rolling in the mud with a pig. Just remember that the pig likes it."
ShokWaveRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2019, 11:01 PM   #4
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Washington State
Posts: 830
We still use an older Dvico TVIX N6600 media player to stream video files over our home network from my computer. I keep all of our home videos on my hard drive, rips from our DVD and BluRay's, TV shows I record with a TV Tuner card, and videos I find online from YouTube and whatnot. No longer available, of course.

https://www.digitalconnection.com/Pr...tvixM6600N.asp

I bought my mom a Micca Mplay-HD media player so she could have all of her movies in one place. I spent a lot of time ripping her movies to a USB flash drive and getting everything setup, but she never even turns it on. Figures. It works great though. Only complaint, the remote sensor is really sensitive requiring the remote control to be pointed directly at the player. I have the older Micca Speck that works well too, very similar.

https://www.amazon.com/Micca-MPLAY-H...T74/ref=sr_1_6
mountainsoft is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 06:34 AM   #5
Full time employment: Posting here.
The Cosmic Avenger's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Mid-Atlantic
Posts: 638
I tried a Popcorn Hour A-200, it was pretty good, but not as slick as my Plex server, which is hardware-agnostic and has better metadata (although to be fair it's also harder to set up and maintain). Before that, I had a media server connected to my stereo that just streamed audio files from my server, but I can't remember what it was called.
__________________
Looking to FIRE in the mid-2020s, which would be our mid-50s.
The Cosmic Avenger is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2019, 06:45 AM   #6
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Historic Florida
Posts: 3,531
Mine also double up as a NAS, they are not the fastest in NFS mode but work fine. I usually use FileZilla to get the big stuff over. I really love the interface on the Dune but it is also the most expensive unit.
__________________

__________________
"Arguing with an Engineer is like rolling in the mud with a pig. Just remember that the pig likes it."
ShokWaveRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
USPS Media Mail rate for non-media content? Sam Other topics 8 05-08-2011 08:45 PM
Looking for a stand-alone motion detector thefed Other topics 2 05-21-2008 06:42 PM
Next shopping question: music players Martha Other topics 22 11-16-2007 02:45 PM
"Shout out" to all my fellow players out there laurence Young Dreamers 38 04-06-2006 05:16 AM
Any fantasy football players? cute fuzzy bunny Other topics 2 07-19-2004 09:21 PM

» Quick Links

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:41 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.