Streaming video from a server to the tv

On my home network I have a Server running Windows Server 2003. This server holds all my media including my entire dvd collection, and all my music. I would like to be able to access this media via my tv. When I say access this media, I mean from across the room with a remote and not a keyboard or mouse. I'd like to be able to change the input and select a movie/song from a big list, or something simular. I've read a little bit about media center and extenders and that seems to be the only option I can find. I'm wondering if there are any other options. I've also seen these media center barebone systems on and was wondering what that was all about. How much am I going to have to spend to get this working? What kind of hardware will I need? I'd rather not use Media Center software or extenders if I don't have to.
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  1. Depending on the format of the movie/music you have on your server, you might want to look into something like the xbox 360. I use Windows "Home" server on a custom built box. This sits in my home office (headless - no monitor/keyboard/mouse) and is on my gigbit switch. I have an xbox 360 in my living-room also on my home network. The 360 can use Media Center Extender to hit a media center pc like MCE pc or a Vista Home Prem. or Ulti. But the 360 can also browse my shares on my Windows Home Server. So I can stream my music and movies that way. I'm not sure if the 360 can see a Server 2003 machine, but i'm sure there is info out there on it.
  2. Are there still issues with the XBOX 360 playing certain video formats?
  3. I use tversity and have that running on my PC and stream it to my PS3, I also have a HTPC I just built. I run all the codecs off the PC becuase of tversity and so I have no issues with formats
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