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Topic: Recommend me a Media Player
hardware
Posts: 11801
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
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??
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TiT
Posts: 6636
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

nvidia shield
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39698
Location: Other International

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).
Spook
Posts: 41227
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
chromecast + plex
Dan
Special Text
Posts: 15628
Location: Brisbane, Queensland


Defo the Nvidia Shield. Should be able to pick one up for under $250. https://www.ozbargain.com.au/product/nvidia-shield-android-tv .

If you've had a poor experience with android tv boxes in the past, that would be because they're running regular android apps that are built for touchscreen interfaces. Shield runs proper Android TV OS, Kodi runs great, plays everything.

There's some cheaper options that also run proper Android TV like the Xiaomi Mi Box, which can often be found for sub $100, but they're prone to wifi and other playback issues so YMMV. Vodafone also sell one locally that seems to do ok https://www.vodafone.com.au/vodafone-tv .

For those that don't want to play locally stored mkv, the latest rev Apple TV is probably the go; otherwise, shield.


Ickus
Posts: 648
Location: Perth, Western Australia

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)
deadlyf
Posts: 4084
Location: Queensland

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.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39699
Location: Other International

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?
bLaZe
Posts: 125
Location: New South Wales

give telstra some more credit. they also have to remove functions and restrict access.
hardware
Posts: 11802
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Thanks Gents.

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.
Spook
Posts: 41229
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Even using phone apps?
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39705
Location: Other International

If you've had a poor experience with android tv boxes in the past, that would be because they're running regular android apps that are built for touchscreen interfaces. Shield runs proper Android TV OS, Kodi runs great, plays everything.
How do you stream your own content to the Shield? I have (somehow) never heard of this thing but it sounds pretty awesome. I haven't resurrected my Roku and just using the Chromestick is starting to get a bit old with its limitations.
Dan
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Posts: 15629
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

How do you stream your own content to the Shield?
There's at least four different answers to that Q.

1/ As a native Android TV device, the Shield TV supports Chromecasting or GoogleCast or whatever they've branded their one-click local streaming standard this week: When your Android phone is on the same LAN as a chromecast device, you get the little cast button in supported apps like youtube. I presume there's similar ways to cast stuff from PC/mac/ios also but i've never used.

2/ As a client device for Nvidia Gamestream: using the streaming server software that is baked into Nvidia drivers (for all cards since the GTX 9 series or thereabouts) to stream PC games over LAN from a Windows 10 PC.

3/ As a client device for Valve's Steam in-homestreaming tech which does the same thing as Nvidia Gamestream using the Steam Android App.

4/ As a client device for GeForce Now, which is Nvidia's online game streaming service (like PlayStation Now/OnLive etc). This does actually work from AU, but still no local serverst, so heavy input lag obv.


There's a bunch of other ways you can stream stuff to it, like using Kodi as a DLNA renderer. It's kind of nuts how much Kodi can do really, it's near enough to it's own OS in an app.
Saint
Cainer
Posts: 3359
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

+1 to nvidia shield. Finally replaced my old Asrock Ion (9 years old!) and Chromecast with an Nvidia Shield and couldn't be happier. Does everything I need and is fast and snappy. Dan has pretty much summed everything up already, but for me personally I like that it has Kodi (as I was still using XBMC), you can cast to it just like a Chromecast, and the build quality is really nice.
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