I have had a look around the site but I can't seem to quite find what I need, so thought I would ask the question and hopefully one you knowledgeable guys/gals can shed some light on what I would like to do.
To have a Server streaming Movies and Music to areas around the house/premises. Each TV will need independent access to the server library. So if Bedroom 1 wants Movie A and Bedroom 2 wants Movie B and Bedroom 3 wants Music - each person in their own bedroom, using their TV can select what they want when they want it. There will be about 10 TV's throughout the building and I also want to play music in other areas where a TV may not be present.
I have looked into a Sonos system and I think this is good, but seems extremely expensive. Is there a system where I can choose what I want through the TV (or separate keyboard/mouse) that looks pretty and simple to use. For example, while I was messing with MS Media Centre - it shows the DVD box cover also a synopsis about the movie or TV program you want to watch.
Do I need to use a box like a Sonos system? Or would a modern TV with ethernet port connect back to the server and have a nice user friendly interface?
Also how many TV's can stream from a server? If I install Cat 6 to each room, through a 1Gb switch, could I run 10 TVs? I was reading that 1080p only requires 5Mb to stream and if you streamed 3D (which I don't plan on doing) you would requite 10Mb - which would only be 1 MB of bandwidth. Now The switch can easily handle this, but if these measurements are true, a hard disk should be able to stream100Mb or 10MB without any trouble? Or am I getting my numbers confused?
This is a new house and I can do pretty much anything to get what is needed to make this work. Right now, all I know for sure is I need Cat6 running to each room. No TV's have be bought yet which is why I am wondering, if a TV with ethernet would do away with a "sonos" style box or would you recommend having something similar to that (but a different and hopefully cheaper brand).
You guys are the experts so I really am relying on anything you say, so I can do more research.