Help me pick an HD Media Player
November 10, 2010 8:48 AM Subscribe
I'm about to buy an HD media player and I have a few questions for those of you who own one.
I'm interested in the Asus O!play, the WDTV Live Plus, and the BriteView CinemaTube Mini.
My wife is finally on board with buying an HD media player, since we currently watch movies and TV shows via a laptop plugged into our TV via VGA cable.
Question 1: I want this to be easy to use to access movies and shows on a network file share (gigabit ethernet network is already in place). Do any of the above players allow you to create shortcuts to network shared folders? If they don't, is it complicated to get to the shared folder? My wife will not use this if she has to navigate five steps deep to find our movies.
Question 2: Are any of these incompatible with Windows 7 file sharing?
Question 3: Of the above listed devices, is there a clear winner as far as GUI and features?
Thanks for your help. I've googled till my eyes cross but there seems to be so much conflicting info out there that I thought it would be nice to hear directly from owners.