You are an interesting individual Larry! I like your thinking style.
I read your post about how tinkering with computers to try to watch a movie "sounds like work". I agree! After years of running my small business and administrating the computers, I am generally getting tired of "tinkering", I just want the ##### thing to work....!
Want I really want to see on the market is a DVD/MP3 player with a hard drive and ethernet connection. Now that's bliss!
Imagine, one box to play ALL your entertainment files. Sweet.
Hard drive to store all your digital music, DVD to play movies and an on-screen guide that appears on your TV that allows you to use your remote to control the player and select songs.
Compaq and HP (now one company I believe) have a device that is close. Compaq's iPAQ is sooo close I can taste it, but the boneheads put a CD drive in the device instead of a DVD drive. Check it out at http://athome.compaq.com/showroom/static/ipaq/music_center.asp