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Media Center/DVD Player. HELP???

Hi there, I have been searching now for about a year, for a media player/centre which also has a DVD drive(region free). Now there are hundreds of media players out there supporting all different formats, and there are hundreds of dvd players out there which support divx via usb and all that jazz.

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Suggestion

Could you at least tell us what systems you've tried so we don't duplicate the efforts and suggest something you've already tested?

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Great thanks, But......

Hi, thanks for reply,

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I can explain that.

While there is no technical reason such is not made there are plenty of legal issues. I noted that in the USA "region free" is not found for reasons you can find out on your own.

However I find some folk want to dismiss all the patents and laws and demand such a product since it can be done.

Hope this helps you understand why you didn't find this thing.
Bob

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An idea

Maybe try a region free DVD player that also plays NTSC and PAL and video files from USB drives, possibly the OPPO BDP-83 DVD player. Then all you may need to do is to connect an external USB drive with all of your video files. Here is what it says:
?Dual USB Ports - Two USB 2.0 high speed ports are provided, one on the front panel and one on the back. Users can enjoy high definition video, high resolution photos and music directly from their USB drives.
?PAL/NTSC Conversion - The BDP-83 supports NTSC and PAL systems for both disc playback and video output. It can also convert content of one system for output in another. (Subject to DVD and BD region restrictions.)

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You won't find a single device that's not a PC/Mac

The standalone devices simply cannot (yet) handle all the various formats out there. It's why building a HTPC is truly ideal for someone who demands such flexibility.

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Im starting to realise this....

Yeah Im starting to realise this. It seems the best way is with a mac mini or something similar, and then running some media player software on it. But your talking almost $1000 to set that up. I have come across a few good media devises such as WD TV and IOMEGA Screenplay. But still seems that they lack in the AVI department, which is strange considering it is the most common video format on the net at the moment. And I have also come across a few region free DVD players with usb ports, but when you read reviews, they tare the **** out the so called divx playback. So I am starting to realise that the best way is from a pc/mac devise or just get 2 separate units, a media player and a dvd player and just hope for the best.

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Mac is still more restrictive than a PC

Also, why bother with a premium-priced but still somewhat gimped mac mini unless you require a tiny form factor? {perhaps I am preaching to the choir Wink}

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One big problem.

Here in the USA I have yet to find any region free gear at any major outlet.

This is why what you are looking for may depend on your country.
Bob

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It's ripe for the taking, both online & brick and mortar

One example I've patronised, locally too-

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