So I've been using a PC-based setup for a few years and love it. Win7 Media Center, Cablecard with Ceton tuner. Works great. But I've just moved to a new house and now want to get the signal into a few more rooms. (Up to now it's just been in my family room).
In addition to the main TV in the family room, I've got a little theater room in the basement, plus a TV over the bar, and one in the bedroom.
What's the best way to accomplish this? I've considered using a Ceton Echo, but much of what I watch other than recorded TV is MKV and ripped DVD's in VIDEO_TS folders, and apparently the Echo is terrible at handling these. I've got an Xbox 360 that I could also use as a media extender but it likely will have the same limitations as the Echo.
Should I get a 2nd PC for the theater, running WMC, that will just access the files on the main HTPC over the (wired) network? I'm assuming/hoping that a wired network would provide enough bandwidth that the video will be smooth.
Any advice would be great.