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Blu-Ray Player with Wifi, External HD, and MP4 support

by redass1876 / April 1, 2010 10:36 AM PDT

Im looking for a blu-ray player that has all of the above

I have a 1 TB external, USB 2.0 HD formated in HFS+ (so my xbox 360 can ready it). I want to play my MP4 files from it to watch movies

Also i want to stream my netflix account using WiFi

anyone know a BR player that can do this?


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Sounds like
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 2, 2010 2:21 AM PDT

Some PS3 or bluray laptop to me.

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The nicer LG players do most of this
by minimalist / April 2, 2010 3:16 AM PDT

I'm not sure about the external hard drive being plugged directly into the player, but they will find Network attached storage devices and stream a whole slew of codecs from them.

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HFS+ may be a problem
by Pepe7 / April 2, 2010 3:50 AM PDT

AFAIK you won't find any support from the blu ray player manufacturers for recognizing external disks/drives using a mac format. You will usually require FAT32 with a smidgen of support for NTFS.

If accessing that file system is a requirement, I'd agree with Bob who suggested a laptop with built in BD player. You also gain a lot more flexibility and horsepower with such a device.

See if you any of the big box stores offer a name brand lappy with an Intel i3-330m chipset, Blu Ray drive and HDMI out port. I'm guessing the lower end you will see (if any) would be around $700-800 for such a laptop. More will likely have i5 or i7 chipsets (=$$$). Core 2 Duo would be my second choice- perhaps a closeout model with a blu ray drive under the hood. YMMV- just poke around a little in the weekly flyers.

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Perhaps Xbox 360 (x2) then
by redass1876 / April 2, 2010 5:24 AM PDT

Well from the responses, a PS3 or an Xbox360 (another one) seems to be my best choices. Do PS3 have built in WiFi or is that an external adapter to buy?

I know both stream Netflix. I know for sure xbox 360 supports HFS+ (and for some reason, not NTFS... odd since its a microsoft license)
And i also know 360 supports MP4 file format... do PS3 support MP4 file type?

I would actually prefer PS3 because i dont like the idea of having to keep an Xbox Live Gold subscription just to stream Netflix to my TV

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Converting files...
by Pepe7 / April 2, 2010 5:51 AM PDT
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