Thanks for the additional info. Yes, I “get” and know that hardware decoding can usually do better than software decoding, and thanks for the reminder about this.
I like technology as much as anyone, but I also have lots invested in hardware and software (e.g. DVDs, Blu-rays, as well as a lot of laser discs from the past). Not all my LD videos ever made it to DVD, so I have copied some of my LDs to DVD and digitized them for TV and tablet viewing. Not all my DVDs have made it to Blu-ray; yet I still want ability to watch them on TV and tablets today… Favorite LDs were repurchased as DVD, and maybe even later to BD, but I keep that sort of re-purchasing to a minimum. Tablets show DVD mp4 fine, and use a lot smaller file to do so. 6G files vs 1.5G files in some cases. Also, many BD mp4 files give hardware a rough time, where as DVD ones don’t. It all a tradeoff.
As for my hardware, I know my WDTV is kind of old tech, but if it can play stuff than newer things I have cannot, then I will continue with the WDTV for now. It does not seem the AFTS can completely sub for the WDTV in all departments.
Since you say the Raspberry Pi 2 can, I am more interested in one as well as the Chromebox that Tony mentioned in the other forum. Can you suggest a particular model or a website where I can delve into this more? And, what is your impression of a good Chromebox running Kodi? Thanks for any more help.