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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 2014-06-29, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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NBOX Alternative?

I'm looking for a reliable an HD capable USB media player to watch TV/Movie programs I've downloaded. It needs to include MKV, AVI, MP4 formats etc.

I've had 3 different varieties of the NBox (http://www.amazon.com/NBOX-V3-Multim...ama-prod-id-20) and for the most part they have done the job.

They are all cheap units and can be buggy. My latest one has started to turn itself off which is a pain in the butt.

I don't need Netflix, HULU or that sort of feature but if I have to buy something that offers that then so be it.

I have a headache from googling the options so now I'm after actual user input on a player.

Thanks in advance....
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 2014-06-30, 09:18 AM
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I had an NBOX which I lent to my brother. I haven't missed it since switching to a MK808B Android based device

You need at least a mouse or other pointing device to control it, though. I use this keyboard with built in trackball:
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 2014-06-30, 09:30 AM
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If you are looking for a network box (NBOX) that will play pretty well any media file out there you can’t go wrong with a WDTV-Live. Yes it has all the other stuff that you are not interested in - so just ignore that part.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 2014-06-30, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the feedback guys....
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 2014-06-30, 06:34 PM
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I like the Minix players, this is their newest model that supports DTS Hardware Decoding so it's bit more expensive. If you live near a Memory Express they sell them locally.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 2014-07-01, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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The old nboxes have served me well over the years, I still have two working that I use, but the main one that we use to watch downloaded TV shows/movies via the USB stick has given up the ghost.

After some exhaustive research to replace it with a newer generation that will play local media content (USB) I narrowed my search down to the WD TV Live and the Roku 3. Both of these devices do FAR more than I need however it's likely I'll push my tech learning curve and use some of the newer features.

At first blush it appeared to me that the Roku 3 excelled in internet streaming whereas the WD product might be more suited for the local content application with it's ability to play so many formats. Truth is that most of the media I get is either MKV or MP4 (h.264) and if it isn't I can convert it so the format isn't that critical.

Both enjoy great reviews and would do the job. I was poised to go for the WD TV Live, a local Staples store has them on clearance for 25% off.....discontinued??, however I stumbled upon a YouTube review by Leo LaPorte and another for the WD.

One of the aggravations of the Nbox is the slow response time from the remote and FF actions etc. The WD also appears to have some lag time from the remote actions whereas the Roku was immediate. I also got an opportunity to see how USB local content worked with the Roku.

In the end I've to go for the Roku 3.....today if I find a store open on the holiday.

Thanks for the input in the decision making guys...
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 2014-07-01, 12:39 PM
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WD TV Live and the Roku 3.
Both excellent devices. I have them both. The ROKU 3 is nicer if you want more than just file playback. If the files are on a computer, be sure to get Plex .

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 2014-07-02, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Well I stopped into Staples this morning and picked the Roku 3 up only to find that it constantly crashed upon set up and even gave a green screen at times.

Back to Staples, returned without problem, off to Future Shop, pick up a new one and return home (18 miles each way).

Set up this time went flawlessly.

I had a headache from all the reading prior to making the decision on the R3 and now I still have a headache but with smile (from all the stuff I have to learn)

This device is pretty darned slick especially having come from a simple Nbox USB media player. I am very impressed.

Hugh, I did install Plex and it's quite phenomenal how well it streams programs from my laptop.

Back to reading...
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