I'm hoping these intel boxes get more competitive & cheaper.. I'm so close to actually buying one.. I just want a great deal so that 5 weeks later the price isn't cut by 25% or more for the next greatest thing. People could save at least $10 a month on electricity using a streaming box instead of their computers or laptops as a set-top companion computer (100+ watt average savings multiplied by the hours you would instead use a regular computer).
x265 mkvs use a compression which is way too processor/gpu needy. x264 is the best option right now at HD resolutions. eventually, something will come along to offer 4k video resolutions at a decent bitrate, but 265 isn't it. I'm hoping Microsoft comes out with one in wmv-uhd format. there's also a possibility the xml group will create a format in html 5 video to replace flash (flv) once and for all. until I found great player apps, avi was my favorite, now x264/mpeg is..