First off, it won't resume a file like the 360 does. If I stop watching something half way through, then I have to manually get back to where I was before. Now, the problem here is that if I use the scene selection tool (square) to select a scene, the rest of the playback will be stop / start no matter how long I leave it to buffer. This applies to videos that are being transcoded and ones that aren't.
I can skip through using the search feature but that's often very time consuming and the controls are slow to respond to when I want to play.
If I just use the PS3's built in video player - then I can use the scene selection and playback is smooth. But this also won't remember where I got to in the video.
Anyone else have these problems? because I'll be going back to the 360 soon, even if it does mean I have to have a cable across my living room.
My own experience is fast Forward actually never worked on the 360 for me in a usable manner, all that did was resume and rewind. And resume only worked around half of the time. Fast forward was never all that smooth on larger rips. Since I tend to only watch 1080p rips, I just think neither console is all that capable of fast forwarding 1080p rips. And my network is Gigabit capable, so I am getting great streaming speeds, so I know it is not that. I basically except it as one of the drawbacks of watching rips, but I like having all of my content digitally on a media server.
The above combined with the fact the 360 does not play DTS either, and well I have learned to live with pausing movies. Honestly I was never a big fast forward or rewind person while watching a movie anyway, so I do not really miss these features, hence why I can live with it. I also find the ps3 plays all of the different file types I throw at it, I literally have only had like 2 avi's since I have been using PS3 media server not work, and the 360 when I used it was hit or miss with playing all content.
So I live with the PS3 not having rewind and fast forward as DTS definitely enhances my viewing experience more.
And actually I just realized something, you are saying going back to the cable with the 360, which obviously means you are streaming wirelessly to the PS3, so yeah, you are going to run into a ton of issues. I do it wired. I tried wirelessly, and I could not stream 1080p. Average of 8-12GB file size. Wireless just did not really work.