all i want for christmas...
...is a media player for my TV :P
Basicly I can't seem to find what I am looking for. All I want is a small set top box that I can plugin, or use wifi to play mp3/oggs via my entertainment system's stereo system, and a way to put my large collection of avi,mpegs, and vcds on my nice TV screen.
MythTV looks like its neat, but I'm not in the mood to put together a computer... and the threat of a athlon 1800xp humming away by my TV is terrifying. Doesn't anyone sell a media player with a simple GUI that can connect to my network shares? The best I could do was PC based media centers... really I just want a nice small set top box. Ideally that costs less than $200...
Any ideas from developer land out there?
this is a neat looking device, have you personally tried it. i read on a few of the chat boards that there where some annoying problems with getting files on and off of it.
No I haven't
I didn't try it personally but I saw it running in a store and if all goes well I should be getting one in a month or two.
To be honest, I went with Microsoft on this one
I use a modified Xbox for that, running Xbox Media Center and using the Xbox DVD Remote to control it from my sofa. XBMC: http://www.xboxmediacenter.de/
Since the Xbox got Ethernet, I can open my media files directly on the network shares of my file server.
Modified means it includes a modchip that allows it to execute unsigned programs. This is legal over here, and you can buy modified Xboxes from a number of different vendors. http://www.xbox-scene.com/ is a good place to start.
XBMC is an open-source app, based around MPlayer, Samba, FileZilla, and some other stuff. It's really the best "media center" UI I've seen so far. It's theme-based, so its visuals can be changed to your liking quite easily. And it plays pretty much everything you throw at it.
The ability to play a game now and then is a plus. But really the reason I decided to go with a Xbox as my media player some two years ago was that building a PC with a similar form factor and comparable performance characteristics would have been more expensive, and considering how much cheaper the system has become since then, that's still the case.
You want a Digital Media Receiver
You want a Digital Media Receiver, my favourite topic. Basically there are four categories available:
All free packages are based on Apache and PHP, as the devices are not much more than a webbrowser (with a few HTML extensions to map remote control keys) with a build-in music- and videoplayer. They support MP3 and Ogg Vorbis, MPEG1, MPEG2 and MPEG4 (mpeg4 has some compatibility-issues, as usual) and Divx (needs to have the right profile).
I'm not going trying this out anytime soon (I haven't the money, and also I have everything on my linux box: tv, dvd player, divx player... and a good sofa in the room :) ), but I know there's a mediacenter project for mac to be released (free software).
The problem is that it cost "a little" more than $200.
They've got some nice stuff there :)
I can only say good things about KiSS. I have KiSS DP-1000 and it is working great. Simple to setup and simple to use. It is also small and quiet. And it so far has played all the movies and audio I have thrown at it, including Ogg Vorbis. It also supports subtitles, which I include if I can because of my father. It is also simple to make it RPC-1 (no DVD region restrictions). It doesn't have harrddrive and network connectivity you need but I have seen other models from KiSS with features like this.
Live long and prosper!