02/27/2013- The N5550 and other NAS recently launched by Thecus® comes equipped with innovative features such as an HDMI output. This output uses the great power of the Intel® processors and turn the user's NAS into a real media center. This is made possible with the support of the Local Display module. This module will not only enable you to manage your NAS without the need of a computer but will also let you play your videos, music and photos thru third party multimedia player such as XBMC or VLC.
Many multimedia players are compatible and can be added to a Linux OS. In the future, the list of compatible media players will expand, either coming from 3rd party developer or from Thecus® themself, but for now, XBMC and VLC are the readily available options.
Appealing to a broad range of users, XBMC is an open source media center which was originally created for XBOX. It has been designed to be the perfect companion for your HTPC. Its graphical user interface (GUI) allows the user to easily browse and view videos, photos, podcasts, and music using only a few buttons. Currently XBMC can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around directly from your hard drive. XBMC features playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast and many audio visualization.
An interesting feature to XBMC is the plug-ins. With over 300 of them, you can literally make XBMC a unique personal multimedia player, customized to your needs. For example, by adding the right plug-ins and using a DTV USB dongle, you can have access to your local digital TV broadcast, with information about shows, schedule, subtitles and more. With add-ons that let you browse your pictures on Flickr, display lyrics to your favorite music or match movie information with IMDB, the possibilities are endless!
XBMC is a rich multimedia player with a dedicated community that helps to improve and expand its options every day. In terms of a more complete and free media center, it's hard to compete with XBMC.
VLC is one of the most popular media players out there. When you are not able to play a video on your basic media player then you must try to play it via VLC. This lightweight open-source multimedia player can run most audio and video formats as well as various streaming protocols. And with over a billion downloads for computer users, its popularity is undisputable.
VLC is a result of the VideoLAN project. This project is lead and composed by a team of volunteers, that believes in the power of open source when dealing with multimedia. Although not as customizable and not showing as many features as XBMC, the simplicity and versatility of this media player makes it a powerful one.
To conclude, both media players are popular and versatile ones. VLC and XBMC are likely to cover the needs of almost everyone who wishes to play media files directly from their Thecus® NAS. Different players will be made compatible in the futures to adapt to the changing needs of everyone, so stay tune for updates.
For more information on XBMC, go to: http://xbmc.org/
For more information on VLC, go to: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html
Established in 2004, Thecus Technology Corp provides market leading network attached storage and network video recorder solutions, committed to revolutionize how everyone from home user to enterprise level business centrally stores, manages and accesses their digital data both onsite and cloud-based. Thecus strives to deliver continuous innovation through cutting edge technology and design to provide data storage with the most customer-friendly platform, rapid performance and robust security. In May 2016, Thecus was formally acquired by Ennoconn Corporation and thus became part of the Foxconn IPC Technology group. Partnered together this diverse group of companies work in tandem to provide a total IoT (Internet of Things) solution. Now with an unparalleled portfolio to work with, Thecus is collaborating to bring unprecedented change to the network storage industry.