Video – AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9 Photo – JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG Audio – MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS Playlist – PLS, M3U, WPL Subtitle – SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI
You can read up on a review over at Anandtech.However, as far as interfaces go, the XBMC-based Boxee software still manages to capture our hearts time and time again with reliable performance, efficient interface, and value (it's free after all). You can also purchase a dedicated Boxee Box for $200 by D-Link. The Roku HD ($60) is another option if you're looking more into rentals and apps for a cheap price. The new Google TV box and keyboard set by Logitech, called the Revue ($300), may have the slickness of Logitech's industrial design team going for them, many have complained about poor software performance with failure to load certain TV shows (as stated earlier today, some have been blocked completely). While it's still nice that you can stream media locally, we think we'll wait for version 2 on this one.
You can read the full review of at the Washington Post.
Finally, if you're just looking for a DIY route, we recommend grabbing a reliable home media network-attached storage solution with a gigabit port and stringing together a few hard drives. Just make sure you check all the file formats supported. We still cringe at companies who still manage to fail at supporting all the modern major video and audio formats today.