Local Media Streaming Device Without Internet Connection

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I'd like to be able to stream some movies and TV shows I have on an external HDD to a HDTV in an apartment where internet access it not available. I was wondering if there is a device out there that is available that is also user friendly because I got a mom that is a complete novice when it comes to anything electronic and technical. The TV is not a Smart TV so that means I need to get a device for it..

I've looked into Chromecast and Roku, the two popular streaming devices out there. Unfortunately they're not going to work because:
(a) the apartment building doesn't have internet
(b) I don't have a spare android device that can be used just for the Chromecast
(c) Roku is apparently not great for local media streaming unless you have Plex. And from what I am reading. for Plex you need some kind of computer to transcode the video so the Roku can play it. Meaning that I would need an network device/internet connection to play "server" to the Roku.

Any recommendations greatly appreciated!
 
The WD TV media box that ss202sl suggests is the perfect solution for your mother. Easy to use with simple remote control. Hook it up. Turn it on for her and select the drive connected to it and she doesn't even need to turn it off ever. Just select it on the TV and pick a movie.
 
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