Best media box suggestions

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  1. yusuo
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    I'm in the market to get a new media box, I have a wdtv live and I've recently bought a 5tb hard drive as my collection has just kept growing, however the 5tb drive doesn't work if plugged directly in.

    So here we are looking to get a new box, it must have a graphical setup in the sense of shows movie posters etc when browsing.

    I don't really want to spend more than £100, and whatever it is must support HD and large drives, so come on gbatemp, show me what you got
     


  2. Nathan Drake

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    Couldn't you just get something like a Raspberry Pi 2 and use that?
     
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    Maybe he wants something less diyish

    The android TV devices can do it so pick one you like such as the google nexus TV thing or the Razer forge tv
     
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    I forgot
    What ND said. Buy a Raspberry Pi 2, set up Kodi, then bam, insta media center that will play all HD movies and can handle as big a HDD as you can chuck at it.
     
  5. yusuo
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    I've tried a raspberry pi and I'm not fond, I want something that runs out of the box and works decently, not a generic android box

    I tried a raspberry pi 1 and it was sluggish and slow
     
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    Well then get an android tv device made by a major company
     
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    It certainly was but the Pi 2 is improved enough to overcome that.
     
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    Just thought about it but if you want something non android you could get an Intel compute stick with windows or Ubuntu
     
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    I forgot
    It takes maybe 10 minutes at best (not counting download I guess) to set up Kodi (or I guess it's called OSMC, whatever). The Raspberry Pi 2 is incredibly more responsive than the first Pi, and OSMC will run everything once installed.

    I guess you could get like one of those Amazon Fire TV box things if you don't want something generic.
     
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    Kodi is Kodi. OSMC and OpenELEC are custom Linux builds designed specifically to run Kodi as efficiently as possible. I'm currently favouring OpenELEC.
     
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    Depravo or tom have you used these and can you say that they complete with a wdtv. I wouldn't mind trying it. What would I used for a remote though, can I use my phone
     
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    For a raspberry pi this should work for a remote
    http://m.instructables.com/id/Raspberry-Pi-Remote-For-Free/

    Also do you mean "compete"?
     
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    Can't compare it to the WDTV because I've never used one. However, I personally own a Pi2 and it has played everything I've thrown at it without issue. I control mine with my TV remote (CEC) or my phone (an Android app called Yatse).
     
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    I forgot
    I've never used a WDTV myself, but my Raspy Pi 1 and 2 both perform better than anything else I've tried and have yet to fail me on anything

    And yes, you could use your phone as a remote if you wanted, or you can nab a cheap IR sensor and use any TV remote.


    EDIT: Dep :ph34r:'d me ._.
     
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    I do mean compete yes, all I really want to know, is it reliable, will it over heat if I use it alot and is it responsive. I've found a kit on eBay for £42 that comes with 16gb sd, WiFi and a ir remote
     
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    Why buy an IR sensor when the one in my TV works just fine?
     
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    I forgot
    Not all TVs have CEC, which is needed for the Pi to use your regular remote without it's own IR sensor.
     
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    Fair enough. CEC is pretty common these days though, isn't it? Even my 4 year old LG non-smart TV had it.
     
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    General if a TV is 5 years or newer then it has it