Ok, I understand the basic definition of encoder/decoders/splitters but I am generally not interested in the finer details and neither are most HTPC users. Especially, future users (which I hope encompasses everyone) who are not likely to be very tech savy. I have three Nvidia Ion HTPCs (two dual core 330s and a single core 230) on a gigbit wired home group. I also have two laptops one with a very limited GPU and one with a GS45 chipset. As a precurser I have a wife (who puts up with my tinkering on a limited basis) and four kids. Of utmost importance is simplicity. I like it more complicated but my users (family) and most users (everyone I am trying to convert to the HTPC arena) like it incredibly simple and reliable. Therefore, like sofaking I am sticking with W7MC. I need one consistant inferface on all televisions that gives me access to all my content. I want to be able to buy a dvd/blu-rays, rip it to a storage device on the network (so it doesn't get destoyed by our two year old), and have it accessible everywhere. I want internet streaming content (which is why Flash 10.1 is wonderful) but that is a different story. I also want all the metadata to go with it. It is also of utmost importance that my HTPC systems be low power because they are on from 6:00 am (when I have the BIOS set to auto boot) until I shut them down at night (which doensn't happen at times). Since wattage, size, and portability (yes, I take one on long trips in the car and hook it to the vehicles a/v inputs) are important to me the NVidia Ion was the best solution. As you know the Ion just doesn't have the muscles to handle a lot, so DXVA and/or CUDA are a requirement for my HD playback. I really don't care whether I spend $15 on CoreAVC or $20 on Divx (the taxes on my stupid mobile phone cost that much and a blu-ray disc unfortunately still costs more) or whether the Media Foundation or Microsoft is evil. I and most people want a quick easy solution that works. So, the question really is who has the product that works and how can I get it to work in the fewest steps possible. I am not downloading oddly encrypted .mkv files, I just want to be able to throw a legally purchased disc in my drive and (via AnyDVD HD) be able to add it to my video content. Any suggestions?