I could use a little help deciding how to proceed with my home theater system. I currently have about 100 DVDs saved in ISO format to a 2TB ReadyNAS NV drive. In my old setup, this was hardwired via ethernet to an original Xbox running XBMC. I also had a nettop in a second room running a Linux XBMC. This worked great, but I decided to get ambitious when we moved and wanted to move up to Blu-Ray capability (this is usually the point where I start to mess up things that are working well). Thus, I purchased a Playstation 3, hoping I could both play Blu-Ray discs and continue to stream my existing library using the PS3. The PS3 is connected via ethernet to my router, which is connected via ethernet to the NAS. Sadly, I failed to do my homework and now realize that the PS3 won't stream my ISO library natively via DLNA. My old-school NAS drive doesn't have the processor speed to run a media server program that would transcode the ISOs (e.g., Plex). I don't want to put a computer in the home theater set-up, as that defeats my thinking of using the PS3 as an all-in-one that could handle everything. And I don't want to run Plex media server or PS3 media server on my existing laptop, because it only has a wireless connection and I want to avoid using a wireless connection when the PS3 and NAS are hardwired. Also, frankly, after six years of using the XBMC, I find the PS3 native interface rather lackluster. Sure, it streams my music and non-ISO videos, but it just seems wrong to have such an ugly interface AFTER a substantial upgrade in hardware capability. I'm trying to avoid buying yet another device, so I don't really want to buy a content streamer, even though I know they look better and can stream ISOs. For reference, I have the PS3 hooked up via HDMI to a mid-level Denon receiver which is hooked up via HDMI to my 42" Pioneer plasma TV and to a Definitive soundbar. We also have latest generation Android phones, which I understand sport some DLNA capability. BTW, I continue to have and want to continue using the XBMC nettop in another room.
My priorities for the home theater are to get access to my current movies through the PS3 and the nettop running XBMC, but also to plan for the future when I might want to rip and stream Blu-Rays or upgrade my speaker set-up to 7.1. Right now, I'm thinking that I will convert my ISO files to a format native to the PS3, so that I can continue to stream via DLNA directly from the NAS. Given the desire to avoid transcoding and use the XBMC nettop and possibly Android phones, which format would you recommend? High quality MP4? I'd also appreciating hearing any thoughts you may have on whether it's worth installing a media server (PS3 media server, Twonky, etc.) on my old NAS; I know it can't handle transcoding but maybe it could deliver a better interface/user experience? Maybe there's some Android app for the NAS and Android phone where I can control the PS3 streaming through a pretty Android interface?
Eventually I'm thinking I'll buy a new NAS with more memory and a processor that can handle transcoding plus handle a multiple camera surveillance system, but for now I'm willing to live with the ugly native PS3 interface and convert my files, if I must. I'm amazed at how poorly the PS3 fares against an ancient Xbox OG running XBMC...