Hey, folks. I did a bit of digging this mornin' and the outlook is so/so. Got this report from MS website:
Q. What audio and video file formats are supported by Media Center Extender devices?
A. Media Center Extender devices support a number of audio and video file formats for play back through TV displays and home entertainment systems.
Audio file formats supported:
Windows Media Audio Standard 7 through 9
WMA standard audio may be Windows Media DRM-protected
Windows Media Audio Pro and WMA Lossless
Playback of other audio formats may be enabled by installing a compatible DirectShow decoder on the Media Center PC
Video file formats supported:
Windows Media Video 9 main profile
WMA Standard audio
Max resolution 720x480
Max bit-rate 4Mbps
WMV content may be Windows Media DRM-protected
MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 standard definition
MPEG-1 layers I and II audio
Standard Definition DVR_MS (Recorded TV) at all quality settings (Fair through Best)
It says that other audio formats may be enabled by installing a compatible directshow...perhaps the same holds true for Video? I sure as hell ain't rippin all my avi's and .bins to wmv. Bastards. Even if this is the case...somebody's bound to make a hack for it. The .bins can be mounted with daemon, solving that particular problem. Still not as handy as XBMC, but...
Full page here:http://www.MS.com/windowsxp/mediace...tender/faq.mspx