I'd buy the used Roku 2 XD and let him keep the BD-Player he has now that he's familiar with.
PS... Plex only looks a little daunting. Once you've done the initial setup, then all you have to do is copy the movie, TV show, MP3, or photo to the hard drive and subdirectory/folder that you designated for that particular type of media, and Plex does the rest. It's so much nicer than DLNA, and getting all the info about the media that Plex automatically downloads makes figuring out what you have and what you want to watch so much easier. My almost 6 year old can turn on the TV, launch Plex on the Roku, find his kids shows that I've put on our server for him, and then choose what he wants to watch. If you can navigate Netflix, then Plex is a snap, because Plex basically turns your local media into your own personal Netflix. It's bloody awesome once you take afternoon to set it up.
I did buy the Roku 2 XD. Got it for $40, so not a bad deal.
I am going to look into Plex. I'll try setting it up for him. If I come up with any difficulties, I'll let you know!
Thanks a lot! Reps and Karma coming your way!
Rep unto others as you would have them Rep unto you.
Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world,
but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set,
Uprooting the evil in the fields that we know,
So that those who live after may have clean earth to till.
- J.R.R Tolkien.
Don't forget, if you and your dad have fast Internet connections, then you can setup the Plex server in your house, and just share your media server with him. I share mine with a couple of relatives around the country.
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