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Old 07-29-14, 04:53 PM   #1
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Hey HTPC gurus.

I'm hoping to cut the cord and watch shows/movies streaming from a hard drive box. I'd love to be able to have features like browse the list from my TV, etc. I do have a smart TV if that helps.

Are there devices that can achieve this? Especially without a PC. Ideally, I would love to copy a season of SVU onto a hard drive. Plug hard drive into TV. Browse files using my TV remote and hit play.

And of those who already have this setup, how do you watch sports or "live" events?

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A variety of media players will support hard drive based files for playback. That also includes flash drives. My main player is a Patriot Box Office now discontinued. That player allowed for an installed 2.5" hard drive but I usually run it off a USB 3.0 flash drive or WD 500G portable drive. ASUS Oplay but that one is also discontinued.

The spare room player is this one:

Works well for a secondary stand alone system. Some of the players will not have enough juice through the USB 2.0 to spin-up the USB 3.0 portable drives. This is why I use 500G USB 3.0 on these players, they recognize pretty quickly.

WD TV series is also common among these types.

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