rcolbert, is this dlink 520 functionally equivalent to the roku hd1000 or the iodata avel linkplayer for streaming video over a lan? does it play .vob files? looking forward to your feedback.
I didn't like the Dlink all that much either, and returned it promptly. I had no issue reencoding my VOB's to MP4 if that was what it would take. I liked the idea that MS media would be better supported. I was disappointed in their seeming lack of compatibility with Nero MediaHome even though the device claims to follow the uPnp spec, and also experienced a few lock-ups.
That said, it's going to have to be something else moving forward. I expect that Denon will release a network media player in the next year of so (or some rumors have it anyway) and in the meantime, I'll probably make do with either an Xbox360 or repurpose some PC parts I have and build a MCE PC or some variant thereof.
HD transport streams were never my goal. I wanted untethered access to a DVD library stored on my home network, along with the basics like pcitures and music.
My overall impression is that the traditional companies (i.e. Denon, Kenwood, Sony, etc.) may have missed the boat so far, but are starting to warm up to the idea of network media players. Until a top-tier consumer product hits the shelves, this niche will likely remain the domain of crappy off-brands or gaming consoles. It's so sad, because it's easy to imagine a perfect product and yet no one is executing on it. When that happens, there is a great market opportunity that is simply being missed right now.
However, even without a media player at all right now, I don't miss the hassel and frustration of the HD1000, and now that DL DVD disks are approaching the $3.50 range even at Best Buy, my trusty ol' Denon DVD player is looking mighty good these days.
And the fact that my HD1000 sold for near-list price was a nice surprise.