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Ripping discs is more for the convenience than saving wear and tear on a player. I like that I have all my discs stored away and I can watch anything I own on any device in my home without needing to get the physical disc. What the end result is depends on the player used. With my Shield, I have everything: 4K HDR, Lossless audio (including Atmos), captions, fast forward, replay and resume (trick play). With my Roku players, I get whatever the display is capable of showing (including 4K/HDR), but the audio is downgraded to Dolby Digital or only the core DTS audio, no Atmos, trick play with everything but VC-1 content, and rarely any captions. With my Sony BD player, I get no better than 1080, TrueHD works but not Master Audio, captions only if it's a DVD rip (MKV container) or a BD rip in a TS container.
So, with other than the Shield I have to depend on my DLNA server (Serviio) to transcode audio and/or video to match the abilities of the player. Since the Roku was not initially designed for local media playback (it's something they only added a few years ago or so) it's understandable it is lacking in that regard. And since all my media is stored somewhere other than the Shield, it really doesn't matter for me how large an external drive it will accept. But I understand the needs and desires of other users. It's a shame that Nvidia has such poor tech support. Sounds like they need a separate help desk for their non-GPU business. Because they certainly sell more than GPUs, and even the Shield is only one many more products they sell.
Samsung JU7100 and NU7100 4K TVs, Yamaha RX-V583, Nvidia Shield, a number of Roku players and TVs, Windows 10 media server with Serviio and Plex. Other players and TVs as well.