Reliable, robust media players for 24/7 HD video playback

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Our company "broadcast" a TV program that plays on a loop to several hundred hotels in Asia.  We are currently using the Raspberry Pi as a media player with Screenly (screenlyapp.com) managing the backend and providing remote access.

The Raspberry Pi sucks.  It's a consumer machine and is not designed for enterprise use, and for that reason we are having big problems with it.  So I'm looking at upgrading.

What would be the most reliable, robust media player running RV to play back HD video content 24/7?

The main issue for us is budget: our business model means that we can't afford to spend much on each media player.  Ideally around the $100-$200 range, including LAN and WiFi connectivity.  We have to give our signal to the hotel TV's backend in analogue too so the budget has to include an HDMI-AV converter should the media player itself not have an analogue output.

Any ideas guys?  Thanks in advance!

Jon
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Jon

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Justin, Employee

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Jon,

The Raspberry pi doesn't do well with HD videos. It just doesn't have the horsepower to play them. Although slightly out of your price range, we have had good results with the Intel NUC i3.

Justin
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Hi Jon, 

Maybe something like this could work http://www.sixteen-nine.net/2015/01/05/hp-announces-new-180-windows-micro-pc/ it would require a little more research and testing but it is probably more reliable than a RPi. The sixteen-nine blog is a pretty good resource for media player options and reviews I'd suggest taking a peek around there as well. 

Shea
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I know you are asking for not an expensive device, just want to comment that I,am curious to test the new AOPEN Chromebox that sound is most likely for the purpose you are looking for.  http://cdn1.blocksassets.com/assets/aopen/aopen/XOyeyQyYdp0rT7i/Specsheet-Chromebox-Commercial.pdf it is $430.00  https://shop.promevo.com/index.php/aopen-chromebox-91-ded00-ga10-metallic-grey-and-blue.html