I have been through a number of different ways to watch my movies over the past few years. I started with XP media centre, moved on to the popcorn hour, had a brief fling with the Apple TV and then hit the WD TV live smp, of which I have two.
All except the Apple TV have been using wired connections - the Apple TV does not work at all well over a wired connection. To be honest it works pretty badly over wifi too but that’s another story.
My movies are on a synology NAS and on XP and the popcorn hour I did not use their jukeboxes, I used yamj.
The bulk of my movies are in .ts format, others in .mkv, .iso and some ripped to .vob files.
Only the popcorn hour deals with all of them without a hiccup. On this one I also have the luxury of using a yamj skin on my iPad so I have brilliant access to my movies.
The WD TV live smp is still my favourite, even though the jukebox is slow it has some great features.
BUT (and it is a big BUT) although I can forgive the slow jukebox and even the odd problems if I do a lot of fast forwarding… **bleep** I can even put up with the fact I have to access the .iso files via a share… What I cannot hack is the fact that I generally cannot watch a complete movie without hitting a problem. It is so rare. I am sure it was better when I first used the product, which is how I came to own two. But even rolling back to the previous firmware only made a marginal improvement in stability.
So, I am now resigning the WD live TV smp to the bedroom and the popcorn hour gets restored to pride of place in the TV room.
I will watch for improvements in stability of this WD product because I really like it, but right now it just doesn’t cut the mustard.