thanks for the advice.
i didn't look at the dated date in that thread - probably too old and won't work anyways.
if WMP 11 on WHS works great, then ill give it a try.. just that some files i will have to convert from MKV.
may i ask what file format are your files when you usually stream? AVI?
Well I started archiving when DivX/XviD (in AVI) were all the rage and not everything played mp4. Now DivX is starting to lose steam (handbrake apparently removed support for it) but the bulk of my archive is still DivX. Any new stuff will most likely be mp4 or I'll just leave it as a giant VOB file. Of course since getting the roku box there's been less and less reason to worry about it at all
So to answer your question I stream DivX from my WHS with no issues, looks perfect. Newer stuff is MP4, also works perfectly. But I use my TV's speakers and have small enough screen I can't tell HD from not from a distance anyway so I may not be the perfect model to go from.