Good stuff, thanks, of course free is great when it's just as good, but I'm not adverse to spending a few bucks if it's needed to get this right. I would rather have a nice polished way to do some things than not, but if the free stuff is just as good I can put the rest away for that monster intel ssd I want!
From what I gather Any DVD is the only real blu ray decoding game in town that's updated often. I use it based off of the ability to play straight to the movie alone, I hate wading through menus and such, which is part of my desire to build a jukebox of movies, or my movie server pc. I buy all my moves, so I dont feel guilty in watching them the way I want.
Double layer blank blu rays are up there on amazon, so I don't think that is much of an option for my pc, but single is ok price wise. I gathered I don't want lth blu rays, they seem to not be really much cheaper on amazon and there is the fact of compatibility and longevity issues.
The great thing about ps3 besides streaming ( 360 to a less degree) is that you can compress a blu ray to double layer DVD keeping the hd codac and resolution, the result is something like watching a streamed hd movie I gather, and the ps3 is a codec beast and will play stuff like this. DVD codec is horribly outdated. For sound compression issues alone.
Quick notes on my new ipad 2...
Not a mac guy anymore due to my love of blu ray, pc games, building my own pc hardware, anydvd, windows 7, trimmed ssds, etc, but I feel the iPad 2 is the best place for my former apple love to run wild, typing now on my iPad 2, I should do my bluetooth keyboard on it, but just chillin in bed in the morning with it is something I would never do with a keyboard or laptop as much.
The dual processors, aluminum premium build and ips screen sells it for me, tn screen laptops like the macbook even are less pretty no matter the speed increase. But with speed comes with, however slight, more bulk. Not to mention that trim is not supported Mac, making the extra money you would spend (1200 plus) on a MacBook less appealing, cause you know I'll want to rock an ssd in a laptop.
All this makes a 500 dollar portable window to the net all the better, with top notch battery life. I can deal with the fact that its a smart phone on steroids and not a laptop, cause that's what my desktop is for. I can build a flux capacitor into a desktop if i wanted to, but i hardly need to go 88 miles per hour in my portable. And dual processor tablets are getting so good, it's close enough. The speaker is quite nice for what it is too, I often put on a podcast to surf the web, or while half browsing half watching tv, every mans lazy dream! That all said, if the MacBook Air gets OLED or IPS LCD screens, plus trim and i5 processors, I may reconsider what's the best portable device, but for now it's my iPad 2. The only thing I can think of that comes close is an uber expensive ssd based Sony laptop.