[mythtv-users] Slightly OT: Simplest way of playing HD .mkv's/.avi's on a TV?? (Out of the loop about FEs, help!)

Travis Tabbal travis at tabbal.net
Tue Nov 24 20:19:53 UTC 2009

On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 12:32 PM, Bobby Gill <bobbygill at rogers.com> wrote:

> A friend of mine just bought an HD TV and I do all his computer tech
> support as it is, so I'm looking for a way by which he can play video files
> directly on the TV (no DVD/disc preferentially). I know there are DVD
> players that are "DiVX compatible" but most of my stuff is HD .mkv content,
> and we'll both be using the TV, but when I'm not around I need the
> /simplest/ way for him to watch what he wants.

Most of my video is .mkv files, most HD quality. Myth plays them all fine
with GPU decoding. Something like the Revo would work, but you need a lot of
storage for those files. Do you have a place to store the files already? If
so, a Revo with MythVideo and a NFS/SMB mount should get you going. If
you're not recording, I don't think the combined BE/FE would be bad. You
could also use XMBC or Boxee, both of those get good reviews, but you're
less likely to find people on this list that can talk to you about it.

If you don't already have the files on a NAS or similiar, you might want to
add some storage to that price.

Another option if you're working mostly with content you already have is the
Popcorn Hour and friends. The interface isn't as pretty, but I hear good
things about them.
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