I have a little problem and I thought I would mention it here.
I am looking for something but I’m not quite sure what I’m looking for.
Basically I think I’m looking for a media streamer for the television. However I am not at all interested in something that streams off the Interweb, so that discounts all those devices that depend on an Amazon or Netflix accounts. I have no interest in those.
I have a couple of hard drives which are plugged into a streaming box on my network [an old Iomega iConnect if you must know, which is so buggy it’s no longer on the market!]. I also have a Western Digital WD TV box which plugs in between the network and the television, so I can sit back with a remote control and select films or music from those remote hard drives. It is an extremely handy little system.
The problem though is that the WD TV is starting to give trouble, so I am on the lookout for an alternative that fulfils the same function.
So my simple wishlist – something that recognises a networked media stream [and all the usual media types such as AVI, MP4, KVM and the like] and has a remote control.
I know a laptop will do the job eloquently but it means hopping up and down all the time to access the keyboard or mouse, which is a pain. I could also just get another WD TV but then doubtless I would have the same problem in a few years [there are many people on the Interweb complaining that the box seems to have a limited lifespan]..
The only device I have found so far that’s reasonably priced is a yoke called H96 MAX+ RK3328 Android 8.1 but it seems to get very mixed reviews.
Is there anyone out there who knows about these things?