Ok so I'm new to this so forgive the noob questions
. First what I want to accomplish is to have my music and movie collection backed up and able to be streamed throughout the house to TV's, PCs, laptops, iPads, ect.. just about everything that can play video and audio files. I know hardwire connections are the best, and I'd like to do that for my main TV, but obviously I also would need wireless to stream to mobile devices and other rooms. I'd also like the on screen display to show all the metadata in a nice to view format. like XBMC does (though XBMC itself is not a requirement).
So yeah, pretty much have no idea on the best way to go about this. I've done quite a bit of reading and it's all pretty foreign to me. Are there any lossless formats that are universally playable (not sure if MKV or iso are)? I'm not concerned about compressing because hard drive space is cheap, I can always get more if I run out; though I am willing to compress if there is a way to do it without losing blu-ray quality in video and audio. And I'm not too sure on the differences between using a NAS with a media player, and building a HTPC. Does using a HTPC also require you to get a WDTV/Dune/other media player as well?
Any help would be greatly appreciated, benefits and disadvantages of the different way to go about getting all this set up, that sort of stuff. Thanks.
EDIT: I don't care about netfix, hulu, amazon ect.. as my TV and PS3 can already handle all of that, just purely concerned with my own digital media. Also, I'd like to be able to flip through my selections with my universal remotes, I don't want to have to use a keyboard and mouse on my tvs.