Having an iPad, I tried out iTunes home media sharing, which was awesome at first. Simply add all your movies to iTunes, which takes a couple of clicks, and maybe iTunes will try to copy them all behind the scenes to a more suitable directory, but myeh. Then enable home sharing in there and on your iPad. Next go find that Videos app you've never used, and hopefully it will now sport a new 'Shared' tab at the top. And, after a few reboots, retries, and excruciating password changes, it does!
Then the troubles begin in earnest. Click on your library and wait the minute or two while your thousand-odd items load:
|<ipanema>Do do doo do dooo do do doo,|
I'm waiting to load my home library,
And as it freezes, each time it freezes,
Go "Aggghhhghghghgh ..."</ipanema>
|Search? No. ... List view? No. ...|
At least a link to the start of each letter? No.
|You can tell all 200+ Friends episodes apart judging|
from just a single skewed frame of each, right?
And one more thing. When you're watching some show sequentially, it would be great if Videos would show you your recent watch history, so you could always pick up right where you left off, huh? … Yeah, that'd be awesome. Tell Apple that for me if you ever get the chance.