Originally Posted by jcalvert86
If I'd like to be able to watch different movies/tv in each room at same time would I be better off putting components in the rooms or setting up a distributed system in a main level closet?
ie. daughter can watch a blueray in her bedroom while i watch a different bluray in the living room
Homerun everything, but don't centralize any component not built to be networked unless you are all-in on hiring an integrator and getting it done right.
For today, the only centralized services that are reasonable are for audio, notably Sonos. It is built to be pout in a closet, and it is plug and play with music sources and remotes. I believe a few other companies are moving this direction, but Sonos made it happen.
In video, centralization is almost nonexistent. The HD HomeRun is the only device I have found that is a true wiring closet element, built to be networked. Boxee, Apple TV, and others are getting close, but they don't have it right yet, and should still be next to the tv, not in the closet. And ATT Uverse is in the right direction, but is not there.
Something like a Blueray player should just be next to the TV. I know there are people who build centralized media servers, but DRM blocks any useful media serving of BlueRay, so you have to have the disc, and therefore you should have the disc player nearby. Plus, BlueRay is a dead man walking.
Again, I know that with substantial investment you can build a killer system with HDMI switching, etc, but centralizing products that are intended to support a single TV is not a long-term proposition.