Originally Posted by Suntan
Obviously the question was rhetorical. But I'm very glad to hear that you care about them.
The point I was trying to convey is that if menus are not possible (or at least not worth all the added hassles and loopholes) at least make it possible to playback ripped video in its entirety.
I suppose I agree that if there was no other way, then mkv's are better then nothing. But considering that the media center is able to play ISOs and DVDs ripped to folders (albeit with third party apps), I would hope that this would also be possible with the Q & echo.
I have been using my movies with windows media center and an xbox as an extender. All the movies are ripped as folder for DVDs and ISOs for blurays. We have a second media center hooked up to the one tv that the xbox just to be able to play the ISOs.
I know, many people have said I should convert them all to MKVs. But I resist that for what I see as a changing landscape. Seems like when ever I go through the effort to convert everything to a format , there is always a new one in the wings. Then I end up either having to rerip everything or keep the master files on a drive. Currently My bluray rips equals about 11TB. These are all disks that I have. Paid for every single one. I look at ripping as a convince rather then having to always decide what to watch at the shelf as opposed to on the screen. Plus with 4 kids..... I look at it as a HUGE insurance policy. Kids=damaged media.
In my unprofessional opinion, the ONLY reason that the xbox can't play the ISOs is that microsoft never licensed the bluray spec for xbox. They backed HD-DVD and never bothered to pay the royalties to jump ship. If they had, then I would bet that things would work just fine.... without them having to deal with cinivia.
Ultimately, this whole thing is a scam. People who are trying to be legal and have a better experience get screwed. People who don't care about legality and want to bypass it all, none of this cinivia crap matters. HDMI is the poster child of this whole thing. It is such a joke the lengths companies will go to to supposively locked down content and throw ridiculous DRM on it.
Say what you like about Steve Jobs, but the man said it best - the alternative is piracy. And they still just don't get it. Create an infastructure that is fair and you will win more then you will lose. Yes people will still pirate. No there is nothing you can do to stop them. But more often then not, people pirate because it is far more convenient.
How many people download MP3s of music that they already own on some other form (cd, cassette, vinyl, 8-track, etc). They download because either they don't know how or don't want to deal with the hassle of converting their music. It is no different with any other type of media.
The whole thing is based on one thing, and one thing only.... MONEY. Media companies entire business model is based on charging you for every single format, no matter what previous format you own it in. Ultimately, they want to eliminate the concept of people buying a form of physical media and move to a completely pay-per-view system. Want to watch it? Pay $5. Want to watch it again? Pay another $5. Already watched it a dozen times and you still want to watch it again..... yep, another $5.
This is precisely why I refuse to sign up for the ultraviolet streaming service. I see it as the precursor for a much more sinister plan.
Sorry, it has been a long day and this was just the form I took it all out on.