Q: I am looking for a simple hard drive / media server solution for a small
condo. I want to be able to download content from VUDU, Verizon FIOS and
other online services, store them on a HD and recall them on one or two TVs
in the condo.I have looked at LaCie but would like other solutions.
A: Hi Mark, LaCie is a good brand to start with and you should look at other manufacturers such as Buffalo Technology, Western Digital and D-Link.
The best way to go about this is to make sure that everything on your network is network enabled and is certified with DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) and Apple Time Machine proprietary Apple network sharing platform) if you are looking to backup and share with Apple devices.
In addition, Apple also offers its Time Capsule line of NAS (network attached storage) drives and with any of these NAS products that are UPnP and DLNA compatible you should be able to share and playback digital content.
You’ll also want to make sure that the source components that you are using are capable of recording, storing and sharing content through the DLNA and UPnP certifications. You should also consider—- since you mention FIOS—-that Verizon offers a multi-room DVR option that allows homeowners to record and distribute DVR content throughout their homes.
Vudu is a subscription service that’s available through Web-enabled Blu-ray players, Sony Playstation 3s, smart TVs, computers and Apple iPads and it in some ways offers a similar experience as the Netflix streaming service.