I got this idea from Wii USB loading (google it :-P). I thought, why can't that be done with DVDs, and duh, yes it can! I know how to rip DVDs to movie files and I don't want to get into legal or ethical debate, I am simply asking if anyone knows of any good devices that can hold a lot (and I mean a LOT... think 500GB-5TB), have a GUI navigated by a remote and connect to a TV? I'd prefer not having a full fledged computer.
I am aware of Apple TV, but didn't know if movie files can exist independently on there without syncing from iTunes, since I don't have the space to keep them all on my computer's hard drive. Also, I feel their space limitation is too small.
P.S. if this requires piecing things together or using "unofficial tweaks" I am willing and not afraid.