What I'd like to do is use 12 TB of storage for BR discs, other things like you mentioned. After looking roughly at the math, 12 TB = about 737 BR discs.To me that is a lot of reusable storage. I know that I have to add one 3T disc for RAID and another smaller disc fort he operating system and data controlling software. Also, I will need a database to retrieve. I also would need a program to feed a value for the location of the material to be played. It's easy enough to build a form driven database (I'm a retired programmer). The software to play the selection, I'd like some advice about.
Hardware would be:
1.The server case
2. A large enough power supply
3. A motherboard, CPU, RAM, 5 three TB drives. One of these is needed for RAID. a 6th would hold the software, and needn't be that large.
4. A card to output HDMI 1.4 from a card to my TV
5. A fiber optic output for sound.
6. Misc. other items, like a small laptop to operate the server from the theater room.
That's about as far as I have thought. I don't know if streaming can be captured to disc, since it is encrypted. I guess I could step out of the box and pay for the privilege. Novel idea for me.
Any suggestions , such as an interface that would use a remote control would be helpful. I was glancing at some of the available out of the box media servers and gagged when I saw $10,000 and more for some of them. Part of my career I worked for AST a computer manufacturer that was actually controlled by Samsung. As a programmer in the engineering department, I learned a lot about the then current hardware (1990 would be the time frame).
Software and hardware have changed a huge amount at an astonishing pace.