Originally Posted by mosquito
How would you stream your Blu-ray rips? Curious as to what you would use....
Well, like I said, I wouldn't use extenders of any kind. I use a central storage server and small HTPC's for each TV -- each running 7MC. My central storage server can serve up multiple HD streams, in full 1080p, to any display in my house. Hell, it even works over MOCA where I dont have GigE!
Storage/Backup Server: $450 + HDD's as needed
Gaming/Ripping/Encoding/PVR PC: $1600
Current HTPCs: $600 to $1000 each
The only trick is getting the HTPC's configured properly; but, once that's done, they're pretty much hands-off. My plan is to build a new master HTPC when the Intel Clarkdale chips come out. I'll then build three identical systems and simply image the fully configured front-end onto each one. They'll then be even easier to update and centrally manage.
So I guess my
answer would be to avoid "streaming," and stick with "serving" instead... or you could go with the SageTV solution that Suntan suggests. (I just happen to prefer Media Center and full-scope HTPCs that can sometimes be used for more than media)
EDIT: like Suntan said, the 360 sounds like a jet engine during takeoff. That's fine when gaming, but it sucks when you're watching any quiet scene in a movie. One-touch ripping sounds fantastic though, but not for $8k. I might pay $200 for the one-button ripping alone, but no more... You might be able to market it toward lazy rich people though!