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Hello i was wondering if the western digital media player is worth buying because i would like to start ripping my dvds this way i dont have to go threw all of them i can have them all in one place i can take with me where ever i go and i was also wondering what the best program to rip dvds is
 

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To answer your question: I think the WD Live Plus is one of the best media players out there, but I do not own one. It comes with Netflix support, and is also supposed to support DVD menu structure, but I have not heard first hand if this is working yet.

I own the popcorn hour, and that does handle ripped DVDs perfectly with menu structure. You can also install a hard drive locally so you do not have to have a networked computer on if you wish.

As for DVD ripping software, there are a lot of sources out there for this information, and we typically don't talk about it much here due to the legal issues surrounding ripping DVDs. I'd suggest some googling.
 

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I Have one more question what would be better to use a media player or just setting up a media server?
 

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Two different beasts: a media server sends files out, a media player receives them and displays them on your TV. Now if your talking about a HTPC, basically a computer using your TV as the monitor, then the advantages are that it will play back everything you through at it, HULU, games, and other non-video content. The disadvantages to a HTPC are that is is bigger, louder, costs more, and uses more electricity.
 

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o ok so if i get a media sever i will also need to buy a media player? Or can I just buy the pch or the western digital media player and just hook up a hard drive? IM sorry for all the questions lol
 

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Yes more or less you are correct, the PCH you have got 2 USB connections which will accept 2 external hard drives or it can connect to a PC over a network or it will allow an internal HD to be installed, I have a 1tb HD in mine, I actually prefer using it over my HTPC as it is dead quiet.
 

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There are many media 'extenders' out there. What's the difference you may ask? And that is a good questuion... A media server is a device that contains the content, an extenter is a device that allows that content to be displayed on a remote device such as an HDTV.
 
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