I am looking to buy or better build a movie server, I have looked at Kaleidescape it is very nice but so expensive $17K-35K!!! I like the new Escient that is only $10K but I have a hard time paying tens of thousands of $ for hard drives. Kaleidescape new 1T hard drive ($1,250) just for the cartridge (Wester digital 1T drive is $300)
I was thinking
Mac Mini ($700) with 5 tera bytes of hard drive ($1500) but there is no good software to rip DVDs on a mac so I might have to look at PCs!!