Right now I have them ripped to a 2TB hard drive, and they play on a WDTV just fine as is. The argument is similar to well it's easy for you to manually load cd's so why not use a cd player instead of an mp3 player. I guess it's not that big a deal to manually load cd's or dvd's but I like how I have it set up now. Not to mention many of my movies have been returned scratched up, or never returned at all from friends who borrow them. Also if I go somewhere All I have to pack is my 2TB external drive and my WDTV to play everything on.
I really think this is one of those crucial features most people really want in a media player device, despite what the Person of Good Streaming Taste's here would have you believe.
Just my $0.02
You have your WD, you have your 2TB hard drive, why on earth has this thread continued to drone on for a week? Roku is what it is, the WD is what it is. It's not going to change no matter how many times you say that it's such a crucial feature. The "People of Good Streaming Taste" have a legitimate point. There are millions of people who buy the Roku, and keep the Roku because of the strengths it has over anything else. Likewise, there are millions of people I'm sure who buy and keep the WD for it's strengths. Then, you have people that enjoy both, or none at all. Roku is targeting a specific are of the market, and WD is targeting another. Go onto WD's forums and post about how WD needs to open up their platform and get hundreds of streaming choices like Roku and see the resistance you get from it. Pretty overwhelmingly those people care about local streaming *much* more than internet streaming. Different tools for different jobs. Enjoy the movies on the WD and people with Rokus will enjoy their movies or streaming.