Originally Posted by Lindahl
NAS is just a storage location. Sounds like you're recommending OpenELEC and a HTPC for a source? I'd like to combine a BluRay player and streamer into one. It should have Netflix at the very least, too (ideally a rental service, like Vudu, also). Sounds like yours doesn't have BluRay? What about Netflix or Vudu?
If I wanted a separate source device from BluRay, I'd just get a Roku and call it done.
It is a storage location, but most NAS implementations come with DLNA servers.
If you're looking for the best solution, I'd say look at the Oppos if the money (5-600 for the basic, 1200 for the enhanced analog output version). is ok for you.
The Oppos (I have the original 83 and the 103D) have been doing DLNA for a while, first as pull clients (only access DLNA through the client in the player), but the 10X models also act as DLNA renderers, so you can push content to it without using the onscreen interface.
So an application like JRiver can allow selection of what you want to play and push to the Oppo for processing and display; control can be done on a tablet, phone or PC. It also can access SMB volumes on PCs or a NAS (it's how I play everything on my NAS).
It's been reported by some that the latest update also allows NFS access, I haven't seen / tried that yet.
They also have many other features, but their DLNA implementation is very good.
I have plenty of MKV movie files that play well, it has some good streaming apps (Netflix, VUDU) which it applies its internal video processing to, some good sound apps (Pandora, etc.) but is missing Amazon. The streaming on it is handled very well.