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I have ripped my library of DVDs to my home server. I play them over WiFi from other PCs.

Can an Android phone with HDMI out do the same thing as a media center PC, playing these movies over the network on to a TV?

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RockPlayer or VPlayer should be able to play most file types you throw at them (avis, etc.). But as far as I know, they don't play over the network, you'd have to copy the files to your phone first. –  Bryan Denny Oct 27 '10 at 3:28
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It sounds like you're trying to do something a bit like DLNA? This is the set of technologies/protocols that allow you to play media on one device on another device on a home network. It's designed for connecting things like media servers, media players, TVs, etc all together to play across the home network.

You might find the answers to the following questions useful:

Can I get DLNA on my Droid?

DLNA enabled media player?

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