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My Personal Netflix

If you are OK with having to take out a DVD each time you wish to watch a movie, you probably still enjoy your Discman and hate when it has to buffer the CD's or skips. For the rest of us with a large collection of movies and TV shows, it makes sense to store them better. This is where file servers and media centers come together. A file server is essentially a computer with the ability to share files to another computer over a network. This can be done in the form of a NAS, a server, a desktop computer, whatever. It just has to send files to another computer on request. Once that is in place, you can and should use media center software with 10-foot displays*. I recommend MediaPortal, xbmc, or boxee.
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