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Thank you for this answer, fuse and sshfs are great.
I just tried it and it worked fine.
I have a file server with videos stored on harddisk which can be used by all members of our family. If I use konqueror and fish://host... all videoplayers (gxine, xine, mplayer) begin to download the video in a local temporary directory (sometimes about 600 MB!!!) and then play it. I don't know why ...
With your solution (fuse and sshfs) I can mount the directory on the host to a mountpoint in my home directory and all videoplayers play the file without downloading it. They play it directly from the other host. Fine ...
When I use NFS and mount the partition with the videos on the server at a mount point at my localhost, I can watch videos with a CPU usage of about 10 to 15 % (CPU P3 1,2 GHz), the datastream coming in through eth0 is about 70 to 100 K (this is shown by gkrellm).
When I use "sshfs IP_server:/directory_with_videos mountpoint" I can watch the videos within the directory mountpoint in my home directory. The results are exactly the same (CPU 10 - 15 %, eth0 traffic 70 - 100 K).
These are my experiences. I do this all in a local network at home.