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    Best Hardware MediaPlayer for watching anime?

    I currently own WDTV Live, plays almost everything I throw at it and supports every needed type of subs. It has one big minus tho, it ignores formatting and positioning info defined within subtitles and is also unable to display more than one sub at a time (especially annoying when there are subs for ost and dialogs at the same time).
    In (more or less) near future I'm planning to replace my Atom N330 based NAS with AMD APU based HTPC, so that will solve all my problems with media playback.

    That aside, I was wondering if there is any standalone media player that fully supports subs you can find with anime releases?

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    Re: Best Hardware MediaPlayer for watching anime?

    Office PC + DirectX 9 accelerated GPU + PotPlayer - plays everything.

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    Re: Best Hardware MediaPlayer for watching anime?

    I usually watched anime/movie from my PC using MPC from CCCP.
    Can play almost all formats on it own, except for Real Media where I have to download the program 1st in order for the MPC able to play it.

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    Re: Best Hardware MediaPlayer for watching anime?

    Quote Originally Posted by alexsdu View Post
    I usually watched anime/movie from my PC using MPC from CCCP.
    Can play almost all formats on it own, except for Real Media where I have to download the program 1st in order for the MPC able to play it.

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    Same here as well^^ MPC plays literally everything~ At least, most of the formats I usually use.
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    Re: Best Hardware MediaPlayer for watching anime?

    I'm using MPC myself to playback stuff on my PC. Having to plug my laptop to TV every time I want to watch something became a bit annoying after time, thats why I turned to standalone HARDWARE media player (previously mentioned WDTV Live).

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    Re: Best Hardware MediaPlayer for watching anime?

    I have a WDTV Live as well. The video and audio playback is great, but I agree that the way it handles subs is horrible. I've been thinking about replacing it with a Dell Zino 410 running XBMC. I was considering the Boxee Box since it was supposed to handle fancy subs, but with Dell coupons I can get the Zino for not much more money. I imagine even a bare bones HTPC with XBMC would out perform any set-top box anyway.

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    I managed to get hold of a extra laptop around with a good cpu and gpu to use solely as a media server of sorts. Using MPC with a CUDA accelerated GPU for my playback needs.
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    Haven't got the answer I was hoping for so far, but at least you proved that my idea to build PC based HTPC/NAS is right =)

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    Re: Best Hardware MediaPlayer for watching anime?

    That aside, I was wondering if there is any standalone media player that fully supports subs you can find with anime releases?
    I was about to tell you to go and grab an APU, seems you did. Install CCCP + Media Player Classic will give you an ability to play virtually all newly encoded video.

    Don't be fooled by the simple interface of that Media Player Classic. Though, you will need a remote control for it, there's two way, either grab a remote keyboard (this or this)

    Optionally, you can use the remote control function of MPC, either via your laptop/primary PC (using the remote control function inside MPC) or an android phone (search in the android market for MPC remote control). Do note that your PC or devices must sit on the same network of your HTPC.

    Both option have its pros and cons

    I've never used WD Live TV or alike device, due to the fact that it skips all the formatting and shit. I have a fairly strong HTPC that I used for other functionality, such as remote transcoder and to play eroge on my 52" Panel with full surround setup (main purposes)
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    Re: Best Hardware MediaPlayer for watching anime?

    usually mpc.

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