You can catch it on sale or recertified at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FHREVBK/ref=cnet
While it's not as nimble as a PC, it's not as costly and plays, well, a lot of stuff.
As to the HDD to the TV if you read prior discussions you see folk whining about have to re-encode to what the TV supports. So here's from worst to best decoder support. Smart TV (bad), WD Live (good), PC (as expected, can decode almost anything as we can get more decoders as needed.)
1. When I connect my computer to the TV with HDMI, the HDMI carries sound too.
2. Forget quality. Most folk blow up on impact when they discover how poor these TVs are in decoding skills. It's not entirely the makers fault. For example look at why VLC Player avoided the patent trolls.
3. Nod to the WD TV Live. I have the Roku 3 and not even close.
4. There are going to be and are many new 199 buck and lower computers like this. "Dell launches Windows-powered Inspiron Micro Desktop, starts at $179" which should do 1080p fine but it's 100 bucks more than my WDTV.
Hope this helps,
I want to see my 1080p HD files on my television and I've been looking for ways to do that.
Sniffing around the web I see that there too many ways to do that as far as I understand those are the approches which are possible. however I'm not sure what to use and what is the best to my needs in terms of quality, convenience and price:
1. connecting my computer to the television using an HDMI cable and some sort of a sound cable - Although it should work, it's the less convenient method in my opinion.
2. connecting an portable hard drive directly to the television - will it work? will it be able to read those HD files in a reasonable quality?
3. using some kind of a streamer such as roku.. cheap, convinient but not sure about quality.
4. using a mini desktop such as revo one (http://www.cnet.com/products/acer-revo-one/). think it will give me the best quality, it's very convenience but the price is high (I will be glad to pay it if it's worth it)
What is your suggestion?