So i might be asking the impossible here but let me describe the situation....My setup at the moment is (almost) sweet, AVR hooked to almost everything ...TV, DVD, speakers, Laptop. The laptop has HDMI to the AVR so that is nice as, and the latop is connected to my home network via 802.11 n wireless router. On the other end of the router is my NAS (Dlink DNS-343) which holds all my music, photos and video files (mostly DIvX format). So when I watch anything it usually streams to the laptop through VLC and then pumps out to the AVR and TV.
Here in lies the problem.... The laptop. Currently its sitting on the floor next to my setup and it gets in the way, it gathers floor dust even with a cover to sit on, I can't use it when we are watching tv.. It is still a bit manual for my wife to use and work out but that isn't her failing at all. I'd like to use my laptop for browsing and emailing and general stuff while sitting in front of the TV with my wife so i dont' have to go into the other room and use the PC and be all antisocial and stuff.
So here is what i'm looking for:
A box that will HDMI to my AVR
Play DivX videos (and all the other codecs too while we are at it)
Play my horrible DRM'd music from iTunes music store
Be able to be remoted using my Logitech univeral remote
Stream wirelessly - or receive wirelessly from my NAS/Router combo
Display things nicely for selection
Yeah, big ask i hear you say.. there are boxes out there that magically do most of those things but not all. I was thinking that the closest i could get to the total experience was a hacked AppleTV but that will set me back in a number of ways i believe. Unfortunately i haven't learnt and love the ease of purchasing music from the Apple Music Store and also coz i do own an iPhone and an iPod so kinda need itunes to help out there. I can get around the whole DRM thing by burning off the CDs of albums but i think that will take forever to do and will mean blatting out a heap of CDs to be used just once.
So i thought i'd open it up to the forum and see what you might suggest is out there.
Many thanks to you all :)