Media player advice (possibly)

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  1. Ven

    Ven Funster

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    For the last few years we have been watching video files via my iPad connected to the TV (MP4) or directly from a hard drive plugged in to the TV (AVI) but increasingly it is becoming more difficult for various reasons.

    Can anybody suggest a low power solution where I can play AVI, MP4 and MKV files through the TV. It would be great to play them all from one source and ideally be self powering or low consumption 12v.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
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    can you utilise a memory stick?
     
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    We use a western digital live media player with 12v adaptor, 2tb usb drive plugs into this (takes power from usb port) and will play whatever you want including iso's/vobs/avi/mkv/mp4 etc etc. This plugs into tv using hdmi connection.

    We also use an amazon firestick side loaded with kodi to stream anything else if we have a good enough signal but most of the time we use the WD Live above as no data costs.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions, I will have a look at those.
     
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    Try a Raspberry PI running Kodi Software. Should play almost any format file and uses about 0.3-0.5 Amps. Cheap to buy and simple to connect ( HDMI to your TV and power from a USB connection). We use them in the van and at home.
     
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    Thanks for the pointers, we have a hard drive with movies in different formats, of which the Avtex tv only plays a subset. Given I had an unused Amazon voucher, have just taken a punt on one of these:-

     
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    Thanks again, I will be interested to hear how you get on with it RowleyBirkinQC. It looks like it should do what I need and it's certainly seems like a good price.
     
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    The Cyclone Micro4 media player arrived a couple of days ago, also ordered a12v adapter with it. Testing thus far has been limited, but initial brief tests of MKV media from HDD via the media player to 47" LG tv over HDMI looks very promising. Great picture and audio quality in those brief attempts.

    However, we will have to play a few full length movies of different media types on the Avtex in the van as the real shake down though...
     
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