For the past 6 years, i've had a WD TV Live as my main media player, with a 2.5" HDD plugged into it. It's worked well. But its starting to become a little unreliable.
All I need is something that plays mkvs and has a netflix app and has a remote control. Tried one of those android media player boxes, OMG, they stink. Netflix is basically unusable with a remote because it expects swipe inputs.
I'm not going to build a PC, they use too much power and I don't fancy having another OS to support. Needs to be kid & wife friendly and not super $$$.
Do you have any recommendations??
Is Roku a thing in Australia yet? I loved my Roku; it was the best thing I've used for that stuff. Unfortunately it has a non-standard power plug and I haven't been able to find a cheap replacement.
So I'm using an old (1st gen?) Chromecast for Netflix at the moment. It's fine although a bit annoying having to use the phone as the control instead of a dedicated remote. It is kind of cool also being able to stream stuff straight from phone and PC to the TV if needed, although it's a bit crappy sometimes (I think the new devices are much better at this).
chromecast + plex
Defo the Nvidia Shield. Should be able to pick one up for under $250. https://www.ozbargain.com.au/product/nvidia-shield
easy and effective - nvidia shield
cheap and effective - AM8xx/9xx chipset android device with libreelec on it
easy and cheap - prepackaged android TV device ie Xiaomi Mi Box
My current media player list (all talk back to a NAS)
PC - win10, kodi and nextpvr
RPi2 - libreelec
AM908 box - libreelect
I'm going to replace either the RPi2 or the AM908 box with a nvidia shield (hopefully with a nice Christmas special price discount)
I just use an Xbone but if you can setup a plex server then Chromecast + Plex as Spook suggests is probably the way to go.
Is Roku a thing in Australia yet? I loved my Roku; it was the best thing I've used for that stuff. Unfortunately it has a non-standard power plug and I haven't been able to find a cheap replacement.Telstra TV box or whatever it's called is a Roku player. I'm guessing the reason you don't see them elsewhere is some sort of exclusivity deal so Telstra can charge $192 per unit.
Telstra TV box or whatever it's called is a Roku player. I'm guessing the reason you don't see them elsewhere is some sort of exclusivity deal so Telstra can charge $192 per unit.really, thanks, interesting. I was just at Costco in California and saw latest gen Roku for $82. I guess it costs $100 or so to put a Telstra logo on it?
give telstra some more credit. they also have to remove functions and restrict access.
Looks like i'll have to bite the bullet and get the nvidia shield. I already have a chromecast but that's not nearly as convenient and kid/wife friendly than just a remote.
I appreciate your help.
Even using phone apps?