I going to create a central file server to store all my media files (music, HD video, etc.). This server will be accessed by multiple HTPC around the house. I plan on all the PCs and the router to support gigabit ethernet. What I would like input on is how would I be able to have stream all the files to my vairous nodes with output any choppy video and/or audio. Is there any hardware tricks I could use to ensure that there will be no lag if I am streaming five 1080p files w/ (5, 6 or 7).1 audio to five nodes.
Also this is a little off topic but can two media players type programs play the same file on two different PCs.