I just picked up a new network dvd player - the AVeLLink AVLP2/DVDLA from IODATA (http://www.iodata.com
). Thought I would try out Roku's competitors as they arrive. It plays R5000 HD .ts files unmodified fairly well. It is cheaper than the Roku and it includes a progressive scan DVD player. Here is a quick list of pros and cons for the unit. I'll report back more as I get a chance to play with it.
It requires a server running on a PC or Mac and lists files in your "MyPhotos", "MyMusic", and "MyVideos" folders. You can set it to synchronize with iTunes. It has no DVI output but has a Japanese d4 connector and a converter cable to component plugs. The interface is pretty bad but some things it does as well as or better than the Roku. I can't seem to get it to play multiple .ts files (0001.ts, 0002.ts, etc) but that doesn't mean it can't.
I just wanted to let you guys know that there is another option out there for playing the HD5000 recordings!