Originally Posted by scl23enn4m3
I'm all for excitement, but do we even know what hardware it's running? What is everyone basing their price speculation on?
Eric's comments from the InfiniTV thread
Originally Posted by erickotz
Rest assured that we understand format compatibility is important, and we fully expect to be compatible with all popular formats
(ie, stuff that does not play on the 360 should play on us)
"all popular formats" leads me to hope
that it will support at least MKV with native Blu-ray audio/video.
Originally Posted by gsr
Seriously, there really isn't enough information about the product yet for any of us to have a good idea of what it's worth. That value might change radically once we know things like exactly what media formats are supported, what it has for horsepower, how responsive the UI is, how good the video output quality is, etc.
Well Eric's comments have given us indication that it should be better than the Xbox, which granted isn't necessarilly saying much, Ceton seems to be a company that understands what HTPC users want (look how popular their CableCard stuff is), so his comments leave me optimistic about it.
The other things are yet to be seen of course, but really, format support is what's been the showstopper, at least for me, for Windows Media Center extenders, and given Eric's comments it sounds like they plan to address that.
Some people certainly have a maximum amount of money they'd be willing to pay regardless of some of the answers,
Well I know I predicated my max value on it actually supporting BD-quality audio/video.
...but the product may cost more to manufacture than some are willing to pay and we can't reasonably expect Ceton to sell it at a loss
It's not rocket science, SageTV, a tiny little company, managed to get extenders manufactured that they could sell for $150 that played pretty much every media format of any sort of common use and with a niche UI and good UI performance (OK, I'll probably get flamed for that one, no it wasn't as blingy or quick as an HTPC that costs 4-5x as much
). And that was over a year ago, today we've got another generation newer SOCs to build off so I really don't see cost being a barrier on this sort of thing.
This reminds me, one thing that I place a high value on is native output, ie the ability to switch output resolution to match the source you're playing (ie 480i for DVDs, 1080i for 1080i TV, 1080p24 for Blu-ray-sourced content, etc) so those of us with quality video processors can make use of them.