If you find a solution as good as VLC Player, I want to see that.
Even today I went back to a small old laptop for this work. I see you found the Mac Mini solution but what you want does not appear in the cheap NAS players.
So I am kinda new with the whole idea of NAS and I am in need of some help. Basically what I have been wanting to do for a while now is buy a NAS device that can stream my media........ iTunes, Videos (lots of different file types, and some that include separate subtitle files that I normally play in VLC Media Player), pictures, etc. I would also like to be able to install a program like Plex on the NAS to allow it to stream to a box like Roku, and other laptops and TVs around the house. I mainly want to do this to avoid having to use my Macbook as a server. If there are any other programs that are capable of applying the metadata and streaming like Plex that someone could inform me on that would be helpful. I do not need a top of the line NAS, seeing as my media library is under 2 TB. Finding out what my specific NAS has to be capable of would also be a big help. I am aware I could just use a Mac Mini for my needs, but I would prefer not to buy it used, and that makes it a little bit out of my price range. Any help or advice at all would be greatly appreciated!
PS: sorry if this is not exactly the right thread, I tried looking for a more specific one.