I've seen this question kicked around some, but always with a slightly different focus than I've got, so I thought I'd see if anyone had thoughts for me.
I'm looking for a box that'll play ripped VIDEO_TS folders (full of VOBs) as though they were DVDs, with menus, extras, and the like.
And I'd like it to downloaded cover art and other information, so I could have a Netflix-like browsing experience.
It'd be great if the box could also play Netflix, Amazon Prime, and YouTube (though that's less essential).
Wondering if anyone has recommendations as of March 2013!
A little background: 'm living in an NYC apartment, trying to reduce clutter. So I've used MacThe Ripper to rip a whole lot of DVDs. I like all the extras, menus, and such, so I've ripped them as VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folders.. I've got space in my media cabinet, so I'm happy to just plug in a USB drive, which means network performance isn't so central. The plan is to put this box, and a USB drive, into my cabinet, running to the projector.
I had thought about getting a Boxee Box, which seems to do all this with a nice UI, but it's a dead product. WD-TV Live is interesting, but the UI for local content seems pretty lacking. Roku and AppleTV seem to not like VIDEO_TS folders.
So, any advice anyone's got it much appreciated!