I *think* I have posted this in the right place. I apologize if that is not the case.
I recently purchased the Panasonic ST50 plasma TV and I LOVE it. I cannot sing this TV's praises enough.
I have tons of video content on my PC that I want to play on my shiny, new PC. These video files come in all file formats and all sorts of strange resolutions . Some play fine on my Panny, while others are stretched (Usually stretched top to bottom, making everything look "skinny".) The same files play on my PC in VLC fine, just with black bars at the top and bottom.
My current setup is: Serviio running on my computer and playing the videos on the TV using DLNA. Serviio works great, except for the stretching issue, which I cannot seem to resolve. The general consensus seems to be that DLNA is, putting it kindly, terrible. This leads me to believe I would be better off getting a dedicated media streaming box.
My question to you is this: What would be the best streaming box for my needs?
1) I need a box that can play multiple file formats.
2) Can read the files from my PC. If I can avoid it, I would rather not fool with an external hard drive or NAS device.
2) Can play all of the goofy resolution files I have without stretching! *THIS IS THE BIG ONE* I'll be fine with the black boxes, just don't stretch my content dagnabit!
Can you all, with much greater knowledge than myself, advice me on this issue?
Thank you in advance!