Originally Posted by ptsenter
As you start ripping your needs for hard drive space will grow very quickly. So, any solution with embedded hard drive will become very limited very soon.
Understood. My desire here isn't for a central repository for all my media. Local storage, be it embedded or a USB device, would be for transferring one-off files that would be deleted after viewing, and for storing a couple dozen vids for my toddler -- more convenient and durable than the current stack of data DVD-R's -- so capacity isn't a concern.
Next, any streaming capabilities of blu-ray players, at least today, are auxiliary. Blu-ray manufactories are so busy updating firmware to keep up with studios to be able to play new discs that they don't have enough time to keep up with streaming demands.
I would think that Oppo would be on top of that, but I probably can't drop the bucks for an Oppo BD player anyway. I'm mostly interested in playing local files, either transferred to embedded storage, off a USB device, or over the net via SMB or DLNA if I can find an appropriate OSX server for the latter. Netflix streaming is mostly my wife's thing, and she's fairly content using her iPad for that. Netflix / Amazon VOD would be a plus, though.
Next , the most elegant solution would have been to have a network through your house, and store all your rips in one central place: you don't need to carry anything anywhere and it's accessible from a few places at the same time.
Already have the net, both GigE and WiFi. Playback of video files via AFP over the WiFi is surprisingly jerky at times. A media player appliance of whichever flavor would ideally accept a copper connection. Sharing over the net of course requires compatible software on both ends - as I understand it, the new Apple TV is limited to formats that can be imported into iTunes, which is a major drawback. Sure I can feed stuff into HandBrake or Toast or whatever, but the fewer steps / less lead-time it takes to watch a new one-off file, the better.
I guess a structured photo browser wouldn't hurt either.
If you don't have network now and don't want to spend time and money building one a nice stopgap solution is a big external hard drive: 2TB is under $100.00 today.
Usually a bit more than $100 for one with FireWire, but yeah I've got plenty of storage already, and am flirting with the idea of getting a 3TB for backups, shifting my 2TB down to replace the 1TB that's rapidly filling with CR2 and AVCHD MTS files. But I digress ...
Roku - nice, but very limited in terms of streaming local material, which is of your first concern now.
Point taken, but if it plays stuff just fine off a reusable USB flash drive, I can live with that. I just hate burning DVD-R after DVD-R just to toss them after one use, plus the time spent twiddling thumbs while it burns.
LG: regarding internal HD see above, and based on personal experience - the worst support ever, you can consider 570 dead as they already selling 6xx and no version with HD.
Good to know -- I've no experience with LG hardware other than cell phones. I'm incensed at Samsung for the miserable dearth of input selector codes for remotes, but that's a thread for another day.
In term of future into Internet make sure your device has Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, Pandora, Youtube.
Probably only the first of that list matters at the moment, but more don't hurt of course, so long as I can keep my wife from $inging up for them.
If that device is UPnP/DLNA compliant (and most are) you can add a lot of sites with a server like Playon, which already has an access to Amazon.
Looks like Playon only runs on MS-OS. Maybe XBMC?