Originally Posted by stamina1914
If I have media browser and or XBMC on the HTPC in the basement, when I access my HTPC storage via the xbox360 as an extender, do I still get access to all the skins and all the good stuff. I guess what I am asking is what do I loose if anything using the extender.
MB works fine on the 360, but it won't play ripped (ISO or folder) DVD's or Blu-Rays. There are ways to navigate to the video directly in them and play it (though I found the buffering to be unbearable for Blu-Rays), but its far less than ideal. MKVs won't play either unless you set up the HTPC to stream them properly.
IMO, the XBox is great for Recorded TV, LiveTV and music. It is ok for stored videos. Since quality wasn't a major concern for me where we use our 360 (my wife's art studio), I just converted all my movies to MP4 using Handbrake with a max bitrate of 1500 and stored them in an 'Extender' folder in MediaBrowser. No menus, quality is obviously less, but it works for what the wife wants.