I'm perfectly capable of Googling what an MKV file is, but I wasn't asking you what it is -- I was asking you whether or you're saying it's both more efficient and less process intensive, that's a yes or a no, and I can't Google to find at your answer.
What's with the insults? You didn't even answer my question anyway.
Originally Posted by james_ant
First of all MKV is not a format its a file container, Apple TV already supports the formats used in an MKV so enabling support is far from the most complicated thing to do. Its a simple matter of telling the device where to look for the actual video, audio and subtitle files. The reason Apple doesn't allow it is quite simply because they want to make you totally reliant on their proprietary ecosystem.
Also this ATV Flash you keep bringing up does not enable MKV support. It's also 30$ on top of the price of the already feature lacking Apple TV. Personally If I buy something like this I don't want to have to pay extra for features that should have been included or that have been intentionally left out so as to tie me to Apple content.
As far as your question on why HDMI is superior to wifi well I think it should be quite obvious. HDMI has far superior bandwidth which means not only does it load faster but it allows for much better quality content. If were talking about low quality iTunes content (everything in the iTunes store) then Apple TV streamed over wifi is perfectly fine. With HDMI you don't have to limit your quality which means you can go right ahead and watch your blu ray ripped mkv on your computer with no compromise in video or audio bit-rate.
But like I already said, even if you can't directly connect your PC to your home theater system we already have programs that allow streaming of the full range of PC supported formats to a PS3 or 360. Just download PS3 Media Streamer and you can stream whatever you want without any restrictions.
I find that strange then.
How does not allowing an MKV make you dependent on their ecosystem? It's like it only plays the format iTunes movies come in.
And ATV Flash does allow MKV:
Video: AVI, DVR-MS, M2TS, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, MTS, WMV - more coming soon
VIDEO_TS/VOB, IMG and ISO
Audio: AAC, AC3, AIFF, CAF, DTS, FLAC, MP3, M4A, WAV - more coming soon
Subtitles: Internal: DVDsub, PGSsub, SRT, SSA, Timed Text, VobSub
External: SRT, SSA, SUB
That aside, I'm aware it allows you to "use" higher quality content because it loads faster, but if you're WiFi is already capable of streaming a 5GB, 10GB movie file over the network, then you don't need it. It sounded as if you were saying that doing it over WiFi automatically decreases quality.