I am thinking about the idea of setting up a media server to make audio/video/PDF/E-books available to my family on the road, especially when we are many hours away from the nearest television signal. I am thinking I can select several dozen of our favorite movies, for example, and rip them from the legally-purchased DVDs into MP4 files, and do the same with a good chunk of our legal music collection. Maybe even a few games? Hey: How about the Detroit Diesel manuals on file (PDFs) for when needed? Then those on board can access what they want via wifi o their tablets or smart phones.
Yes: I am nuts!
Being solo, I don't have much use for a media server. I have set them up at nightclubs i've owned so that the upstairs could share with the downstairs.
I just use my (Mac) laptop and some hard drives (well..16TB of hard rives). I use a 48" flatscreen as my monitor and stream video to my devices using a product called "air server". There is probably something similar for PC's.
So yeah, been doing it that way for years both in my house, and now my rig. All media gets ripped to drives, I watch movies on the flatscreen as well as computer work (like typing this). PDF's....you betcha... thousands.
I'm going to move up from a 48" to a 60" flatscreen in the rig so I can work on the computer from the bed (ie..7' away). It's a little small right now.
I can't imagine doing it any other way.