Originally Posted by Sharkfood
We currently use a Netgear NAS device and it works wonderfully to native Samsung devices as well as the PS3.
As far as ripping goes, I have yet to find a good method to rip DVD and BluRay.
We've used DVD Fab before and iSkySoft iMedia Converter (now) but both leave much to be desired... it's still pretty much hit or miss on the rip side of things.
For ripping DVDs DVD Shrink + DVD Decrypter does a great job for everything accept some Disney movies and are free.
I am happy with DVD Fab for ripping blu-rays to my NAS. We then add the folder to the Total Media Theater library. The free version of DVD Fab does this well.
If you want to make a single much smaller video file without special features but still has the HD audio Hand Brake works really well. HB is also free which is nice.