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Is there any device that I can use to play AVI/MPEG/MOV in TV???

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Hi...  :)

I was wondering if there is any device that I can connect to my TV that will enable me to play a video file(AVI/MPEG/MOV/etc)...  Ideally this device should have a storage where I can store several movie files and a slot for USB stick or wireless capability which I can use to transfer new files and have a support for HDTV if that is something applicable...  I don't need a recording functionality though...

I remember seeing such devices when I was travellng Asia, but I don't know what it is called...  Oh, I live in US/VA btw...

It'd be awesome if somebody can tell me what those devices are called and some links to a good ones to buy...  :)

Thank you...

Jason

PS> Hrm...  I don't seem to find a good zone to put this question...  Jolly...  :(
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There are a couple of different routes.

I have a Western Digital Media Player with Western Digital Passport USB Harddrive.

http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/Western-Digital-WD-TV-HD-Media-Player-with-USB-HDMI-1080p-Refurbished/3959909/product.html

http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/Western-Digital-WDMER5000TN-External-Hard-Drive-Refurbished/4125566/product.html

Seagate has system that is built together a little better

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-FreeAgent-Solution-Portable-ST905004CEA1E1-RK/dp/B001U885IK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=pc&qid=1261409762&sr=1-3

Both of these works well.

If you have a blue ray player or are purchasing one, many have USB plug ins that you can play media that you described from a Flash Drive.

Reply if you need more assistance.
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Regarding my previous post,

both systems have HDMI connections so it works great for playing on an HDTV.

Regards.

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Thank you for the reply, BRB-TCE...  ;)

I have one more question...  I like Seagate one cuz I can have multiple external hard drives...  But that one is missing 1080p support, and I was wondering how important this 1080p vs 720p is...  

Thanks...  ;)

CyanBlue
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You definitely want 1080 support.

Here is another link.  The link below is for the Theater Plus, which does have 1080p support and an HDMI plug.  (As info, 1080p provides about twice as many pixels as 720p sharper resolution.) (The other link, which was the Seagate Theater, said it was 1080i and it did not have an HDMI plug in and seems to be close to being discontinued).

If you go the Seagate route, he is a link for the product that I would consider.

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-FreeAgent-STCEA201-RK-Theater-Station/dp/B002MZZWT0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1261511351&sr=8-1 
It's cost shows as $128.99.

Here is the manufacturer's link.

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/home_entertainment/freeagent_theater_plus/

Like I said, I have the Western Digital system.  It works great, has a remote but isn't as well laid out as Seagate.

 If Seagate's works comparably to Western Digital's, I think you will love it.  Amazon has a good return policy (just in case things don't work out.)

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Awesome...  Thanks for your help...  ;)

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Thank you very much...  :)
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