Unrecompressed BDs also have a delivery system (a BD player and HDMI) designed especially for them to handle those high bitrates properly. I think the question here is “do the WD Media hub’s network interface and the logic programmed by the firmware also have these capabiltiies?” From my personal experience with BD’s converted to MKV or AVCHD, the answer is clearly “no”.
I performed a brief experiment last night…
The file: Battleship, 2 hours 11 seconds, Total bitrate 16308kbps, 23 fps, H264 (High @L4.1) compression, 5.1 audio @ 48kHz sample rate
File source: WHS2011x64 box; Network nodes in use: 1GB PCIe NIC, DGS-2208 8-port Gigabit switch, WGR314v10 wirelessly bridged to another WGR314v10, 75’ shielded CAT6 cable, FS608 8-port 10/100Mbps switch; Renderer: VLC Media Player on Toshiba L875D-S7210 (Built-In Display)
File source: WD TV Live Media Hub (f/w 126.96.36.199) box; Network nodes in use: FS608 8-port 10/100Mbps switch; Renderer: VLC Media Player on Toshiba L875D-S7210 (Built-In Display)
Setup 1 completes after 2:12, zero stutter or buffering.
Setup 2 completes after 2:18, several bouts with stutter, jitter and buffering around the 2:00 mark, increasing in frequency as the end of the file is nearer.
Questions? Comments? Evaluations?
I will perform a similar experiment with the WD box as the renderer…