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timeless

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basically lve recently taken to playing some of my files directly through my TV through an external media player currently l have one of "these".

now while l am generally happy with it it didnt take me long to find quite a few files it didnt like, basically lm looking for a media player that can play everything even the files it didnt like which means l need something l can update the codecs which lm assuming is likely l will need to look at android based ones, l should also note that subtitles/settings are a requirement.

any recommendations, ideally under £100 even better under £40 would be greatly appreciated.
 
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I went through this a few years back going over a few different options. I first tried a raspberry pie machine, was pretty good but sometimes wasn't responsive enough so went on ebay and bought a Dell Zino mini pc. Had windows 10, an i7 processor, Bluray and was/still is an all round a great little machine, good enough to be a full blown desktop if not playing games. Had a look on ebay, they have 3 with varying costs but do have one starting at about £25 but spec is a lot lower than mine.
Could be worth shopping around a bit more.

Had mine for over 2 years now and never had a problem with it. Raspberry pie wasn't a terrible machine and since I bought one I think there's been at least 1 or 2 new iterations. Maybe worth looking at, will be a much cheaper option.

Hope this helps.
 

Glovepup

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Raspberry Pi 3 is now available and when each version is released the little machine becomes more capable and gets new features. Word of warning, it's not designed to what you're asking. It will work, but any films that need encoding or if you were to try and stream from it twice you'll notice performance issues.

I have the first two models, great little things especially when running a linux terminal. Push them past that and they do seem a little slow. I'd go for something with a bit more bang.
 

timeless

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ld completely forgotten about this post, l eventually got a Android box and installed Kodi on it, so far lve only found one or two files it doesnt like but generally lve found that generally if l just change from kodi to say VLC things that didnt work do through another player. l just needed to make sure l got a box with android v7 on it which had a good cpu.
 
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