[QUOTE=cybmole;2025571]a yeart ago I would have agreed with you - I used to compress everyting into Divx to save disc space, but hard drives just keep getting bigger and cheaper, as larger video & TV screens, so why not stay in the original format , and preserve surround sound audio streams in case you ever upgrade your sound system.?
like I said earlier - whish is more valuable - the time you spend re-ripping to a less compressed format versus the 20 cents worth of disc space you save in the short term ?
of course, if you only ever plan to watch on hald held size screens , then compress away, but if your next years hand-held uses a different format or screen size to your current one, then again you’ll wish you had the original dvd files to hand so as to avoid mutilple format conversions.[/QUOTE]
I understand your points but there are a couple of other constraints with Network Media Players.
Some will just downright not play ISO/IFO backups of DVD’s so there is the compatability issue there.
The other constraint is how your player (and this can be software on a PC) is hooked into your infrastructure. If it is wireless, “B” wil not provide the streaming bandwith, “G” is hit and miss, “N” works fine.
Also, with the parameters I indicated above, we had a family challenge over the Easter Weekend where I hooked up a new player that I am alpha testing (Ziova CS615) via HDMI to a 42" LG LCD panel.
The challenge was pick the original from the encode.
Everyone picked the encode… It seemed to upscale better to the Ziova than the commercial DVD.