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I was wondering what's the best cheap way to play 1080p mkv files on my sony bravia hdtv?

other than netbook/laptops/mac mini of course!
 

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I built myself a little Intel Atom/Nvidia ION based "nettop" computer to playback 1080p mkvs, it works flawlessly and it's tiny! :)

Here's what I used...

- Zotac IONITX-A-U Motherboard (Integated Intel Atom N330 Dual Core and Nvidia ION graphics)
- 4GB of DDR2-1066 RAM (overkill would call this overkill, but I had it lying around)
- Mini-Box M350 Mini-ITX Case

I run Windows 7 on it and use Boxee as my media software.

Here's a set of pictures if you're interested: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidtaraso/sets/72157624216340564/
 

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If you're not looking for actual HTPC functionality then the Western Digital HDTV Live will work for that. Plus the latest does Netflix if that interests you.

It supports:
Video - AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9

Photo - JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG

Audio - MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS

Playlist - PLS, M3U, WPL

Subtitle - SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI

Congo
 

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If you're not looking for actual HTPC functionality then the Western Digital HDTV Live will work for that. Plus the latest does Netflix if that interests you.
Does it *really* do Netflix in Canada? Has anyone tested it?

I've been looking for a player for Netflix, but most of the small streaming devices don't support Netflix Canada, except Apple TV.
 

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how is the video quality on WDTV Live?

does the video buffer or become choppy since I'll be playing a 10 GB file, 1920x1080 (x264 @ 23.976fps), 8171kbps bitrate, DTS 1509kbps.

Does the box heat up too much?
 

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katatonic, we have several threads discussing WDTV so I recommend reading them.
 

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ok still haven't found the answer i was looking for.

anyone use popbox or boxee box or mvix ultio for .mkv files?
 

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My Boxee does great for the few 1080p mkvs I've tried. As for the 720p mkvs, I'm having a buffering issue which seems to be known to the developers.
 

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All these devices have threads discussing so I am closing this one. No need for another Boxee thread etc.
 
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