Author Topic: MKV playback via Blu Ray USB  (Read 264 times)

Cuntbeaks

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MKV playback via Blu Ray USB
« on: August 05, 2016, 10:13:32 AM »
I have successfully been using my laptop and an HDMI to play all my downloded/ripped HD content into my telly.  However,  the laptop is a noisy fucker,  especially when playin on a 15gb+ file. I would preger to use a method where i can simply plug in an external hard drive,  access the content and play without using the laptop.

I believe this is possible with certain Blu Ray players that have USB ports.  Can anyone confirm this or recommend a better way to go about it?

Re: MKV playback via Blu Ray USB
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2016, 10:23:24 AM »
PS4 now supports MKV:

http://manuals.playstation.net/document/gb/ps4/music/mp_format_m.html

EDIT: PS4s can start to get a bit noisy though, especially after about 18-24 months of use.

Cuntbeaks

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Re: MKV playback via Blu Ray USB
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2016, 10:25:46 AM »
I wouldn't get the use out of it tbh.  A multi purpose blu ray at around £100 would be ideal.

Re: MKV playback via Blu Ray USB
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2016, 10:56:01 AM »

Cuntbeaks

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Re: MKV playback via Blu Ray USB
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2016, 11:42:54 AM »
Thanks for this.  The S5500 was already on my radar,  i trust it can handle all bit rates of file via the usb? I generally watch 1080p rips between 15-25gb

Alberon

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Re: MKV playback via Blu Ray USB
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2016, 12:04:38 PM »
I've got a Samsung BD-H6500. I've never plugged an external hard drive into it, but I often put MKV files on a memory stick and play them off of that. I'm fairly sure a HDD would work just as well.

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Re: MKV playback via Blu Ray USB
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2016, 04:43:29 PM »
A Raspberry Pi with Kodi installed would do this for £25. Don't get the BluRay player though, obviously, so may not be what you're looking for.

Oh, and be aware that more and more MKVs are coming encoded in H.265 (HEVC) format, so you would probably want to ensure that any device you buy can hardware decode these. The Pi can't.

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Re: MKV playback via Blu Ray USB
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2016, 06:55:43 PM »
My Sony telly plays MKVs out of the box, although I guess it will depend on how new your TV is and what the exact codec used is. I've never seen it refuse to play anything yet though.

Cuntbeaks

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Re: MKV playback via Blu Ray USB
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2016, 10:46:22 AM »
Took the plunge and got the Sony S5500 from The Argos.  Substance over style for sure,  but it does plenty for its diminutive size. Plus it does it silently.