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Recommend Media Player please

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Hello

Could anyone recommend a media player please?

I would need to be able to connect via ethernet to my PC and then transfer movies onto the player so i can watch the movies without needing to turn the PC on

I think i would need 1tb of disk space on the player

Also it would need hdmi output and a nice UI is essential so myself, the missus and kids could use it without hassle

USB input would be useful too

My movie collection is made up of mostly avi and mkv but i also have mov files as well

I hope also that it would not have any 'sleep' mode so that once it is turned on it stays on so it is easily accessible

There are so many options that i think the UI would be the decider - we have a 'media streamer' that is connected to the PC but the UI is awful and causes a lot of moaning from the above list of family members :)

Any help would be gratefully appreciated

Best regards

Patrick

PS i am not interested in apple tv ;-)
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by:Merete
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Dont know if we can please everyone Patrick
I'll start off with offering the newest craze, XBMC,
XBMC Media Center is an award-winning free and open source cross-platform software media player and entertainment hub for digital media for HTPCs (Home theater PCs).
Check out the video and then look at the guides
http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=XBMC_Media_Center
XBMC beginners guide - an introduction and tour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O4fCGrwrqw
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XBMC
http://www.xbmchub.com/blog/
http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=XBMC_all_platforms_FAQ#General

Here on Experts Exchange
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/MultiMedia_Applications/Q_28148345.html
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_7/Q_28151857.html#a39232316
Just as a point of simplicity I also use either a USB HH or USB Pen if I want to just watch a couple of my movies I have backed up
Plugging the USB Pen straight into my digital TV USB socket I choose applications from TV Menue, then  Select Movie from the menue using my TV remote control
There is also Pictures, Music.
Like this, I took a couple of pictures of my TV with a USB Pen and a movie playing
USB PenMovie menue
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by:hoganStand18092011
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Hi Merete

Thanks for the post.  I have not been able to look until now...

Dont know if we can please everyone Patrick

agreed :) i know its a lot to ask for

Patrick
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Merete earned 500 total points
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Hi Patrick, the new technology available these days I find it hard to keep up with as well.
What you term media player may not fully describe the software your looking for.
Smart TV is one that you wont require turning on your PC  or just a good HD TV add a media box supporting USB.
watch a youtube video
Western Digital Live Streaming Media Player

the other is Raspberry Pi  and you can install XBMC on it. the raspberry pi now comes with a case
Currently XBMC can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi
http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=Raspberry_Pi/FAQ#Installing_XBMC_on_the_Raspberry_Pi
Watch a video
Foolproof guide to Installing XBMC on the Raspberry Pi.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx2-HcpYnqI
another look at the XBMC
http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=XBMC_Media_Center
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by:hoganStand18092011
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Hi Merete

Thanks very much for the extra info

To be honest i almost cried when i looked into the Xtreme pages - too much effort involved for me :)

But, the WD and other media box are exactly what i am looking for.  I spent a lot of time looking through products but did not think to look for demo/review on youtube

Eyes fully opened now, thanks again

Patrick
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by:hoganStand18092011
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Much appreciated :D
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