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You need a centralized storage device where you have all your content (movies and music), and you will need a media player device at each location that will have access to you content via gigabit network or wi-fi. I really suggest AGAINST wi-fi.
For example, I am buying a popcorn hour a-300 (located in my living room with 7.1 surround sound), which will have 12 tb hard drive enclosure connected to it via usb 3.0. This will have all my bd and dvd movies. The a-300 will be connected to my router via cat6 cable. Then my I will have a media player (for example EP600 or other) which will be connected to the same network via cat6 cable.
So, I will be able to play all of my movies from my a-300 in the living room and my bedroom via the EP600. My computer is also connected to the same network so I can access or add more content to the 12 tb hard drive enclosure or DAS (direct storage device).
Now, if you want to play netflix, vudu, hulu, pandora etc, you will need another streaming device such as roku or you will have to get a media player device that supports netlix, hulu, vudu, etc. The EP600 does not support that at the moment. I belive boxee box supports netflix.
For myself, I own a PS3 and 2 xboxes. The PS3 and Xbox is located in the living room, and my other xbox in my bedroom. All of which are connected to the same network. My xbox can access DVD movies from the DNS, but can't play the blu ray movies. My PS3 is not reliable at playing the blu ray movies from the network either. If the PS3 does play any of the blu ray movies, it can't play HD sound. A lot of times, it play stereo sound via my onkyo receiver. That's the reason why I choose to buy the A-300. I do not care about HD sound in my bedroom.
However, if I want to play Netflix (almost never), Hulu, Vudu or Zune, I turn on the XBOX or PS3.