We took the plunge — we finally purchased a second television! Just like we said we were going to do, we installed our older television (previously from the living room) in our home office, and put our new Sony Bravia in the living room! A few problems arose once we got the television home and realized we didn't get all that we wanted from the transition.
We got the Sony Bravia for an extremely great price at Best Buy because it was an open box item. We ended up getting the LED tv for almost half price — a deal we couldn't resist! We were anticipating the ability to plug in our USB drive and watch movies — something we were able to do with the PS3 (which is not upstairs in the office).
Turns out, the Sony Bravia won't play video files other than MPEG 1 and 2! So, now we're researching DVD players with USB. We discovered a few that seem to be what we're looking for:
• Playstation 3 Of course this is what we have been using since we purchased it and it has been working great. We throw an .avi on the thumb drive, plug it into the PS3 and it plays perfectly. It was easy and pie, but now our situation is a bit different and it's no longer an option.
• Philips DVP 5990 is the best and most inexpensive alternative to the PS3 we've found. You can find it on discount websites such as Buy.com for around $45 or Ebay for $40. It will play just about any video file you can imagine! Plus we're partial to the sleek, black design for on top of our Moxi!
• Samsung DVD-H1080R Upconverting DVD Player is the most stylish option we found. It looks much different than any other DVD player we've seen and it packs a punch too. You can use a thumb drive to play video files such as DivX, MP3, WMA, JPEG and MPEG-4. Plus, you can get it on Amazon for $62!