The WDTV does not really support streams. It will handle SMB/CIFS, NFS and UPnP server with a modified firmware. Best results are with NFS. Not sure about performance with UPnP.
I recently started testing all kind of media players on the server end on my Windows Vista desktop pc. And connecting my WDTV via Upnp to it as a client. For some reason I can't seem to get a connection with NFS to my files via my internet browser (http://192.168.1.105
) by connection to my WDTV > NFS.
---------------------------This is my setup:
Desktop pc: TVersity / XBMC / Twonky
USB Stick in WDTV:
Unofficial WDTV firmware from B-rad.cc: WDLXTV 0.5.6.1http://b-rad.cc/wdlxtv
WDTV essential Application: B-rad.cc Upnp (0.2.2)http://b-rad.cc/326/wdlxtv-app-pack-upnp-djmount
Other WDTV Applications: Weather&RSS (webserver addons 0.2), Apple Trailers (0.3.3.1beta), YouTube (r249), Shoutcast (no audio)
My hardware specs:
Windows Vista Home Premium desktop pc
Wireless USB stick: Linksys wusb600n with WPA2 (ralink rt2870) plugged in the WDTV
USB Stick: 16GB Sony stick plugged in the WDTV
W. Router: Linksys (Cisco) WRT160N router
10240 kbps / ADSL2+ 10Mbps (according to speedtest.net / speedtest.bbned.nl)
My experience with Twonky / TVersity is that Twonky is able to play 720p files without any problem on the WDTV. TVersity showed an audio problem when 720p files were played.
The nice thing to such kind of mediaplayers is that they also have Youtube, Shoutcast kind of features build in which are in most cases more stable then the ones build recently for the WDTV as Apps.
See more detailed experience here: http://www.twonkyforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=6805
But back to the XBMC I will be testing it this weekend what does/doesn't work when used the setup above.
I will let you guys know what my experience is. I've also posted this on the XBMC forum: http://xbmc.org/forum/showthread.php?p=412035#post412035