I've been researching an HD media player for weeks and rather than finding a solution that is guaranteed to meet my needs, I've become overwhelmed. I'm hoping some experienced folks on this forum can help me nail this down. Thanks in advance.
1) Playback of my ripped 1:1 Bluray ISOs with quality indistinguishable from the original source. My understanding is that my complete rips with AnyDVD HD should facilitate this. I really just want to be able to rip EVERY blu-ray the same way and know it will work.
2) A "cover art" style interface when browsing the ISOs. I'd really love the meta-data downloads from offerings like Popcorn hour but I'd settle for just cover-art.
3) Not spending hours on forums troubleshooting problems, not repeatedly waiting for firmware updates...
Besides these, I'd really love to be able to use the original Bluray menus, but that doesn't seem to be offered all too often. It doesn't have to be read from NAS, I'm fine plugging in directly with USB or e-SATA or adding an internal hard drive if it is offered.
I was originally looking at offerings from Popcorn Hour, but there seems to be too many bugs, for the cost. Like I said, I'm not looking to take up a new hobby of troubleshooting media hardware. If that's an inevitable aspect, I'd rather spend $90 on the Pivos AIOS (which seems to meet my criteria).
Thanks in advance for any help, I just want to pull the trigger on this!