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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Mpeg4 compatible DVD player

I was thinking the other day that it would be cool if someone made a DvD player that would playback mpeg4 video (including H.264). Its not so much that I want one for myself, which would be cool, but I would like friends and family to have one. The idea being I could burn home video to CD-ROM or DVD-RW and take it to friends houses to show people on the TV, instead of having to crowd around the computer in the home office.

So a little googling and I get this list:
  • The JVC XV-NP1SL Plays DVDs, DVD-R, VCD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, JPEG, WMA, MPEG4, SD Memory card reader.
  • Technosonic MP-101 supports MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, DivX and XviD.
  • Samsung HD850 supports MP3/WMA/JPEG and MPEG4 Playback
  • GoVideo D2730 Networked DVD wireless and wired ethernet support for streaming "MP3 and WMA audio files, JPEG, Tiff, PSD, PICT, and Bitmap image files, and MPEG1, MPEG2 and MPEG4 video files from your PC to your Living Room."
  • AKAI DV-PX8000 supports DVD/ MPEG 4/ VCD/ SVCD/ CDR/ CD-RW/ MP3/ CD/ Photo CD (JPEG).

That GoVideo networked player looks pretty interesting. It doesn't say it will play mpeg4 off of burned disks, but the networked streaming support means that it could be the front end for a pretty cheap distributed home video server.

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