Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY
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I'm about to RMA this unit.... I just can't see keeping this unit when their are so many other media units out there that do what we'd like them to do and much more. I'm a directv customer and their newest model HD dvr's are starting to offer integration with audio/video/photos. The audio and photo capabilities have been there for quite a while but the're starting to roll out the video as well. For someone that loves to play with this stuff, directv is awesome... anyone can opt in to their beta testing club and download the newest firmware months before it goes national. I had this kind of functionality and other cool stuff like Video on demand months before it happened, and they interact with you through a website so you can give feedback and report bugs.
A little more detail for those that are interested.... this kind of functionality generally requires you to have some software running on your pc. I'm currently using a program called TVersity that manages all of this for me. You simply point it to audio/video that can be on your hard drive or anywhere on the net. You really can create a link to anything, including sites like youtube. You can subscribe to any radio station, rss feed or podcast from anywhere on the net and have it visible on your device. And the device can be just about anything... a directv receiver, PS3, XBox, iPhone, etc. It couldn't have been easier to set up. On top of all of that, I can access my entire media collection through the browser from anywhere. I'd been using a program called Twonky for quite a while but this one seems to handle video better. All of this software appears as a UPNP device (plug and play) on your network for very easy access.
Anyway, as I said a few posts back, the biggest drawback to this unit is that it doesn't have a hard drive and that alone will limit functionality. For $300 you would think that you'd get a lot more.