A few months back, I bought an HP 17.3" AMD / Windows 7 based Laptop. A cute portable unit with an HDMI Port and HS Internet connectivity. With this configuration, I can download FREE movies, connect my laptop to various TVs (with HDMI Port), and play FREE downloaded movies. Cool technology (that saves money to pay for itself) but I find carrying around a laptop to watch a movie is both cumbersome and accidental damage risk. Especially when my laptop gets bump around during its transport to/from our seasonal Travel Trailer.
Today, I bought a Patriot Media Server Player. For now, I connect this little black box to my home's TV (via HDMI cable) and connect a very small USB stick to it. I can then decide to copy the movie from USB stick to the Media Server's optional internal HD. Or, simply Play the movie directly off its attached USB stick. If wondering, I also bought an internal 2.5" 500 GB HDD for my new Partriot Media Server - since playing movies off its internal HDD is much faster compared to its attached USB Stick. For more details of its full features, surf:
So far, I'm very impressed with my new Partiot Media Server Player (MSP) - that will be installed at our seasonal Travel Trailer's 24" LCD 1080 TV. If wondering, I've already loaded 19 full length movies on its internal HDD via USB stick transfers. This Partriot MSP plays all sorts of different movie and song formats. And best of all, I now only need to carry a small USB Memory stick in my pocket. Much better for transporting movies / songs back and forth to my seasonal site's Travel Trailer. If wondering, our disabled son loves watching movies during meal time and at first wake up. And, on rain nights - when we do internal pop/popcorn and movie night - instead of camp fire sing alongs. I think this little Patriot MSP is going to serve our needs well... Especially at our seasonal camp site.
If looking into Media Server Player, do look at the Patriot Media Server Player ( ) or the WD HD TV Player ( ). To me, the Patriot has slightly more features / ability but the WD Media Player has a simpler remote control device. Chev vs Ford thing. In any case, both Media Server Players are near same price range and well worth investigating - if you are into downloading free movies and playing on your HD TV as well...