Because my main computer is very, very slow and ripping all of my VC1 HD files to H.264/multichannel (preferred listening experience) just for the PS3. It would take weeks upon weeks to rip them. I do get a new machine at the turn of the year (an i7 that should rip right through) but for now I have given up on the PC-less media center using devices. I just can't find one that allows me to detach services from my into a device with the ability to quickly transcode what doesn't play. So, in light of all of this I threw in the towl, setup NFS on my core2 laptop and am runnng PS3 media server which oddly enough is working far better than I ever though it would. Sure, I would like a whicked quik box to transcode it all that fit in my palm but it's just not happening yet. (unless of course that box by TIVX can really do all that it says. Anybody know?). So for now I dropped the laptop onto a little invisible shelf and just home-runned it to the MBWE over a local switch the laptop sits on. Using in NFS, it goes a lot faster than I thought it ever would. (mostly talking about transcoding cause USB speeds seem to be just fine for the WDTV box).
And why on earth didn't WD just put an ethernet jack on the WDTV? I would have been done with this many months ago. Like I said, it is always something. It really was nice when straight MPEG2 was king. It played everywhere, on all device and was barely affected by lag. But now with HiDef (oh that i just gotta have now dammit) I can pick from codecs like HDXVID, DIVX, H.264, VC1 and containers like MKV, m2ts, ts, avi, mp4, etc. I wish we would just settle in to m2ts and h.264 with multichannel and stop all the crazyiness. Drives are cheap and are catching up to huge file handlers like us. I saw a 2 TB disk on black friday for 99 bucks. Just wait.