I have so far watched some blu-ray movies on my 2011 mini server. I wanted to see if you guys were experiencing similar performance. Most movies were ripped to the HD using MakeMKV. These seem to run fine, occasionally the fan spins up but I think after a few minutes temps seem to stabilize and the fan lowers to a higher-than-baseline but steady level. However I noticed that there seemed to be a difference between streaming the movie from the disc (MakeMKV streaming server + VLC) and ripping it to the HD. Occasionally the video will be very choppy while streaming, but after about a minute it steadies out. But maybe 5-10 minutes later it starts up again. These periods do not seem to correlate with the streaming buffer running low either. Playback from files ripped to HD don't seem to experience this problem. Is the extra load of streaming+playback too much? Doesn't seem logical but it almost seems that way in my experience. Also have you guys had experience playing back interlaced video on the mac mini? A good amount of the movies I tested (all from the BBC Natural History Collections) are VC-1 encoded 1080i content. This won't play back in VLC so I had to transcode them on Windows. However, for a few of the videos they are AVC 1080i content. I enabled the deinterlacing processing in VLC and set it to Yadix(2x) but it really makes the fan spin up, and becomes distracting. Anyone have similar reports?