So let's bring a dose of reality back to this discussion. Vista does NOT currently support burning HD or BD DVD. There is no media server ANYWHERE that supports burning HD or BD DVD. ALL it does is promises to support is what ever those formats allow. And we don't know what they will allow!
Bullcrap. Vista DOES allow burning HD or BDDVD. Why? because its an "open system" not closed and proprietary. For the 90% of the world not covered by the DMCA, its a great solution. For those who don't give a *#)(@ about the DMCA, its also a great solution. God bless Slysoft!
1. Support up to 25 (IIRC) DVD's being played simultaneously from the same server.
Any decent storage array can handle that bitstream, not a big deal
Also, there is no bi-directional rs232 control for MCE.
What are you smoking? RS232 has been around for DECADES. Its an obsolete protocol, but supported by every PC,Mac, etc in existence. Nowadays, I'd use IP, but if you still need RS232 to talk to legacy hardware, there are lots of apps that will do it.
AnyDVD updates every 2-3 days, so you have to go to their site, download the new program, install it and restart.
To rip a DVD involves the following steps:
My Vista systems don't crash. Perhaps I'm blessed? Perhaps I carefully pick stable hardware and drivers? Perhaps its because my job involves designing servers with 99.99% uptime?
So, I actually took a look at a K-scape system, and truly, its nothing spectacular.
Essentially, it relies on a database, that K-scape wrote and maintains, that stores ripping parameters, and best display resolution, aspect ratio, etc information for each movie. I am sure there are movies out there that are NOT in the database, just as I am also sure that if K-scape ever goes under, there will be no new database updates. The "intelligence" it displays when ripping and displaying DVDs is nothing more than looking up that DVD in a database.
+Usable by the non-computer literate. Simple enough for grandma to use
+Linux based OS, with much customization and flexbility.
+Brainless, perfect ripping of most DVDs
-Does not handle HD-DVD or Blu-Ray
-Does not handle custom rips. Probably does not handle non-Region 1 disks
-Highly expensive..more than 10x more than Vista MCE
-No cablecard support. No HDTV support. No watching Sopranos on HBO-HD
-Proprietary, closed system. Locked into K-scape for storage. I can buy 7.5TB of storage for ~2500 at Frys...how much would K-scape charge me for this?