Western Digital, better known for storage than HD video equipment, looks to have thrown their hat into the video streaming ring with the WD TV HD Media Player. With two USB 2.0 drives working simultaneously, you can plug in your USB storage and stream to your HDTV in 1080p over HDMI or composite. The diminutive box comes with a remote control and what seems to be proprietary browsing software. It's available now from Best Buy for a competitive $130, which is a solid price for an HD streamer even if it's snuck in under the rader a bit. [Engadget]
This is still a neat device, especially for people without a computer. I could give this to my mom, just load it up with movies for her.
The xbox360 can do most this but for mkv files you need to convert them beforehand and even then sometimes it wont play the file. And the xbox is loud anyway