It appears we've reached the end of the line with media streamers that read full ISO rips, and I was wondering what everyone plans to do from here. After putting in substantial time and money, I (like many others) have a pretty good setup going. 42TBs of media data all stored on one server and being able to be streamed all over the house, and organized and viewable through a pretty nice, easy to use GUI. After all this work, I am very satisfied with this current setup. Since no more of these units are being made, and nothing comparable is on the horizon, I'm trying to figure out what my best route is to maintain this system. I'll be moving into a new house in the next month and am weighing a few options but would like to get some input since my current leading choice is to spend a couple grand buying 4-5 of the last Dune units.
Here's the options I'm considering:
Purchase 4-5 additional Dune units. This will enable me to extend the setup into the additional rooms and have a couple backup units for when the inevitable failure occurs, hopefully years down the road.
Convert the entire library (1100+ movies, 40-50 full TV Series) into a different format. MKV and MP4 seems to be where everyone goes these days, so I would have to go the route I never wanted to go and convert the files, lose some of the A/V quality, and have to figure out the damn subtitles again.
Entertain the notion of building a HTPC. I haven't done a lot of research on this, so I have no idea what the limitations are, but ideally build something that effectively does what the Dune currently does...play full ISO rips through a nice interface from any TV in the house. Would need either media players/extenders or a computer hooked up to each tv?
Any other ideas I haven't thought of?
Is anyone else in a similar situation and trying to figure out what's next?