I have thousands of DVD’s and long ago transferred them to several hard drives. I am now down to 1, 10TB external hard drive. I used to have an HD TV device that could read the .vob file format. This device was connected to our receiver and surround sound. The HD has long since stopped working and started just using a laptop connected directly to the TV. But we have no surround sound and the laptop takes up dining room table space. I would love to have some device that I could put into the closet and just forget.
Our internet is so slow that streaming isn’t an option. I have many old TV shows that are no longer on many streaming sites.
Alternatively if the laptop has HDMI you should be able to tuck that away in the closet with a long HDMI cable and still use a wireless mouse / keyboard combo to control it remotely. Does the audio / video pass through you surround sound or does the surround sound receive a different type of input such as RCA or Optical? Either way if you are routing the TV’s sound output to the surround sound input then anything you plug into the TV should have it’s sound come out of the surround sound.
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