I'm going crazy trying to find a streamer for my parents.
They don't want an htpc and have an imac that could do everything over the network wired or wireless but not directly connected to the tv.
I have the movies and tv show files organized to work with xbmc/media center master on an external hdd. I strongly prefer the media player to work without changing the file names or format.
Dune, micca and wd live tv seem to be the best choices but all have their negatives.
Things I want:
Easy to control player that's smart enough to recognize the file format and use the proper settings with either an iphone, tablet, or logitech harmony one
Hdmi pass through for video and surround sound for their 5 speaker (no subwoofer, large towers), to their yamaha 720 receiver
Ability to play any modern file format in 1080p and hopefully cover the near future as well