BluRay,1080p, DLNA, MKV, HTPC, etc.
Ok so now that I'm getting into HD video, I'm exploring different playback methods. The streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu etc. are cool, but they're all 720p or 1080i max, only some content has real 5.1, and none of them have TrueHD or MA. So let's keep this thread to playing back HD video that you own, not that you're streaming or renting from a service.
I have a BluRay. I can rip that BluRay to an uncompressed, 1080p MKV file that retains whatever original audio I want, including DD TrueHD, DTS MA, etc. Here are the playback methods I've come up with in my system as it sits today:
- MKV file Wireless via DLNA straight to TV > Audio return to pre/pro
- MKV file Wireless via DLNA to BluRay player
- MKV file via USB drive hooked to TV > Audio return to pr/pro
- MKV file via USB drive hooked to BluRay player
- MKV file played on HTPC
- MKV file burned as data and played on BuRay player
- Original BluRay disc played on BluRay player
I'm thinking that if you have a BluRay player with high quality video processing, your best bet is to go through that player, whether it be via DLNA, USB, or a disc.
Do people have buffering issues streaming 1080p via DLNA?
I am LOVING being able to hook an external USB drive (thumb, flash, or big old 2TB) straight to the BluRay player and play files from there. The 1080p video quality is not discernible form the original BluRay to my eyes, and my reciever picks up the DD TrueHD or DTS MA audio no problem, plus you don't have to rely on the internet. Using my HTPC is easier and faster, but the image quality is slightly better out of the BluRay player. Most players will play MKV files (as well as FLAC for music).
Other suggestions, ideas, questions, comments??? NAS?