Mostly a lurker here. Anyhow I would like to get your opinions on which media streamer would best suit my needs.
1) has apps for Netflix (shouldn't be a problem), Hulu (shouldn't be a problem), Vudu and Amazon Instant Video (this one seems to be the problem).
2) Supports multiple formats. Most of my stuff is ripped in MP4 or MKV, but I do have some ISOs and a few other file types lurking about.
3) Can display XML data about the movie
4) Has the option to pull XML data for me (a nice thing to have, not 100% necessary, but very nice to have)
5) Has a nice menu layout (this is pretty important)
6) It can pass the Grandma test (basically, could anyone who knows nothing about technology pick it up and use it)
7) this one is probably the most critical, it can stream directly from my NAS.
The media streamers I have had in the past are a TViX (older model 4000 or 4400, I can't remember), buffalo one while I bought in Japan and I am currently using the most recent WDTV Live.
The TViX was pretty solid, but the HDMI port fried itself so I had to get rid of it (no apps and what not as well).
The Buffalo unit is rock solid, but there are no apps and no XML data display options for it. Also, the menus are pretty spartan.
The WDTV ticks a lot of the boxes, but there are two problems I have with it, one no Amazon instant app and two it is SLLLLOOOOOWWWWWW. Scrolling through the movies is a chore because of how slow it is.
The Apple TV will not let me stream directly from my NAS and it does not have the Amazon Instant App. Those are two deal breakers, otherwise I like it.
From what I have read the roku does not support ISO files nor streaming from a NAS (please correct me if I am wrong). Otherwise it ticks a lot of the boxes too.
Anyhow, what do you guys suggest for me? I have tried to provide everything I could think of, but I am sure other things will come up during the course of the thread.