Originally Posted by klooney
I am looking at picking up a couple of Apple TVs to act as front ends for my media server for the 3 TVs I have throughout the house. I've used AnyDVD with ClownBD in the past to convert my Blu Rays to .m2ts but only as a test and haven't actually streamed them so I have some familiarity with the program. I am wondering if there is a program that converts a Blu Ray to a compatible Apple TV format with forced subtitles and HD Audio (DTC, etc)?If not, is there another route I should be taking?
I'm looking for a reliable, high WAF (wife acceptance factor), front end that includes netflix and can stream movies and TV shows from my server.
Although not necessarily a question for this particular forum but I'll try anyway. What do you use to do long video runs? I have my AV rack in a closet and the closest TV is 30+ ft with the longest being 40+ ft, is HDMI acceptable to run at those distances or should I be looking at something else?
Thanks for your time.
Apple TV is very limited in format support, MP4/M4V is the only choice unless jailbroken. The current generation can not yet be jailbroken. It also requires iTunes so you're server or another computer would need to have this running with the movies linked in order to see them. No HD audio either.
You can decrypt using AnyDVD or DVDFab and then encode to MP4 with DTS-MA audio, burning in the subtitles, using Handbrake. This is just one way, it is time consuming and has a learning curve. If the player supports .m2ts then you won't need to encode but forced subs can be an issue for alot of players.
PCH-A400 is very new and very full of bugs so I would avoid it, the PCH-A300 is no better from what I read. I don't believe Dune has Netflix but they are well regarded for the the most part, they don't come cheap however. There's also the Mede8er players but they don't support Netflix either.
You can take a look at the WD TV Live, it supports Netflix along with more format support...not sure about .m2ts but I think it can. I believe it will pass TrueHD but not DTS-MA, just the DTS core for DTS-MA. At least the WD TV Live Hub did so I would expect the same. Not sure how well it supports forced subs. The WD forum would be a good place to start to get as much info as possible.
I believe 50 feet is the max. on an HDMI cable.