Originally Posted by Veeper
Do subtitles work?
Subtitles are flawless using srt's in MKVs or even external ones. XBMC exposes all of the subtitles via an On Screen Display. I really like this because I brush up on language skills using multiple subtitles and audio tracks for foreign or domestic titles. Not only that, you can display alternative subtitles using XBMC plugins. (http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Add-on:XBMC_Subtitles
>Are they set to forced or default in the MKV?
XBMC will respect forced subs in MKV.
>Also, does XBMC support bitstreaming?
Yes, with either an updated stable version of Eden (v11) or a current beta nightly of Frodo (v12).
>I'm getting tired of having to reset my WMC / Sharky codecs.
I feel your pain! XBMC has its own codecs, and as a bonus, you won't need to bother with DXVA if your CPU is an Ivy Bridge or Llano.
> Subtitles never seem to work, and for some reason I have to reboot my PC every time it wakes from sleep, just to get certain AVI files and MKV's to play. It's more annoying than a pull-start motor, and I consider those my life nemesis.
XBMC is nice, but it will not solve your sleep issues.