Well I ended up purchasing the live plus, and I am really enjoying it so far. It easily accesses my computer and its files. I record TV with my computer using Hauppauge’s wintv and the live reads and plays both SD and HD files beautifully. Netflix works well to, and the HD streaming looks quite nice. Not quite BR, but very nice with no stuttering etc. SD through netflix doesn’t look too bad either. (First experience with netflix and I am pretty impressed.)
I am having a bit of a problem with the hard drive attached to the usb on the live. I am using the Dlink nano usb wifi in one usb and have a hard drive hooked up to the other usb. I mapped the network drive using Windows 7 under “computer”, but the ISP # to the drive that’s hooked up to the live keeps changing. More specifically, the last number in the ISP changes from 4,5, and 6. Any ideas on how to get the ISP from changing, or am I trying to access the drive the wrong way? When it is working, it works well and I have no problem reading and writing to the disk from programs and by dragging and dropping files on to it.