Originally Posted by mdavej
I can see you're not a fan of WMC. But can you be more specific about the movies that won't play in WMC? With LAV filters, at least 95% of my movies play fine in WMC.
As you've learned in your other thread, copy protected recorded TV will only play in WMC. So you may want to consider giving it another try in that case. There are many things you can do to make WMC look better. I find WMC very easy to use with a remote and very well thought out. Why would you use a keyboard and mouse anyway?
Another option is to convert movies that won't play on the extender of choice to a format that is playable.
We have Linksys extenders, so we are limited in compression formats, but XVID works great! (including skip function). Since only 1 TV is really a TV that a trained eye (not mine) can potentially see the difference between 1080p and 720p, high quality rips with multi-channel audio are reserved for the main TV.
Same files are converted to XVID at slightly lower resolution for viewing on extenders which are connected to 17" (2x), 24" (2x), and 42" TV's, where the TV it self is a limiting factor to high resolution viewing.
Storage is cheap, extenders are not. The cost of 1 extender replacement is the same as an additional 4 TB drive.
Our almost 1500 movie title library has 2 sets of files for each movie. I simply labeled them HD and XT. If you are viewing on main TV, you choose HD, if you are viewing on the extender, you choose XT.
As it turns out, most of the cartoons kids watch were never made in HD anyway.