Is there a decent player that is FREE or less then $50? One that will play from within WMC7? I know windows 7 didn't want to pay the license fee for every copy of windows 7 that went out the door and now all the aftermarket program as atleast $100 which is more then a decent off the shelf!!!
There has to be some sort of compromise here. The cost is making the concept of an HD/Blu Ray/Streaming HTPC prohibitive. Streaming HD costs 8 bucks a month, or even free from certain internet tv services.