answer all of your questions. If the hardware vendor doesn't supply the proper conversion software, the content provider (DVD publisher, etc.) cannot be expected to do so.
AM I the only one out here who needs a discussion and understanding about the various media file types!!!! I am totally confused when it comes to this. It started when I purchased an Archos AV500 portable media player and am attempting to download recorded TV shows from my media center pc. It seems to me that there has to be an explanation of all of the types and how to convert (decode) them to be compatible with the different devices out there. It appears that each vendor, Apple, Microsoft, Sony is trying to make their media only compatible with their players with no way to interchange them to play on other devices. My view is that if I PURCHASE something from somewhere, I should have the tools to play it on my chosen device.