So I have too many dvd's that are taking up space. I want to rip all of my dvds, store them on a computer and stream them to 1 (or potentially more) tvs on demand. I don't really give a rat's ass at all about purchasing or renting movies online, or anything else really than playing my own library.
So I'm trying to make a choice here and I'm wondering what people's experiences are?
Use a PC that I have to stream movies to my xbox. I actually set this up already and the streaming works fine, but the interface is god farcking awful. As far as I can tell, there is no box art, and more importantly, no way to sort/search/categorize based on, well, anything.
I'm actually not even using the xbox as a windows media extender because the stupid thing can't play mpeg4 movies through that interface. I have to go to videos -> connect to remote computer and then for some reason it can play them from there.
Buy an apple tv, put my movies in iTunes, and stream away. Admittedly I have not seen much of apple tv, hence this thread, but it seems like you can access your iTunes library and I would expect you can browse playlists, genres, titles, etc. Can someone with an apple tv confirm or deny? I found apples website on this product appalling ****ty when it came to showing what the interface looks like.
It's no secret that I'm an apple fan, though to be honest it would work out better for me if I were to use the pc and the xbox. For one, buying a second xbox for the bedroom would be cheaper than buying and apple tv, and I would only have to get one since I already have one xbox for the living room. $199 x 1 is much more appealing than $229 x 2.
Not having the ability to display artwork and to not be able to categorize things really bites the big one though. So much so that it may be enough for me to really consider an apple tv unless someone has some tips that I'm missing on how to use the xbox/pc combo.