Extenders on RC (build 7100) - transcoding?!?
This is not DivX's problem, but I'm mentioning it here because I see a number of people have tested Windows 7 with their X-Boxes. I've got a D-Link DSM-750, which is a Media Center Extender (and it does support .mkv playback).
I loaded up Windows 7 and the DivX tech preview and tried playing an .mkv - and it started playing, but it was clearly being transcoded: pauses at regular intervals, 100% CPU load on the computer, and a noticeable loss of detail and increase in blocking artefacts. I then tried playing a DivX-encoded .avi and found the exact same thing - files that I stream with no problems in Vista are being transcoded in 7!
A google search informed me that other people have had this problem with XviD videos and X-Box 360s in Windows 7 as well - but that it didn't happen with older builds of 7 (including the 7000 beta). Is anyone else here having this experience with the Release Candidate? This is so disgustingly unnacceptable it's not funny...
Edit: ...I said this is this isn't DivX's problem - it's certainly not their fault, but it is as much a problem to them as it is to me, since a high-quality video experience is something they're trying to provide... so guys, if you could talk to Microsoft about this that would be great. Now that it's RC, they aren't listening to multimmedia-related Win7 feedback anymore.