I am just wondering how many people really have 80" LCD/Plasma TVs in more than just 1 room in their house.
I understand the desire to retain the highest quality rips to play on the large screen where the high resolution will make the most impact. However, I may be in the minority here as we only have large TV in the "theater" everything else in the house is a mix of 19", 24" and 42" TV's. All but one are 60 Hz refresh, and 2 out of the 4 are 720p. So, high rez BD rips, at least for our house, are only aplicable when played in the "theater" elsewhere in the house, converted files are still higher quality video than what you'd normally get off Cable, and we are more than just satisfied with the quality.
So, really, if someone has the funds to buy 4-5 80" LCD/Plasmas at $3000 - $6,000 a unit, plus the associated sound gear (additional $2000 - $3,000), I don't think they would be complaining about the $180 device. At that point, $180 is just a drop in the bucket.
At, least that is what I can think of. I am just confused.
Originally Posted by cybrsage
That is so 1980s, where you went to a shelf somewhere and looked at all the VHS cassettes, picked the one you wanted, carried it to the player, and put it in. In 2012, we prefer to simply click the movie we want with a remote control and it plays.
Originally Posted by stanger89
I have a Blu-ray player (which I paid a fair bit more than $50 for when I got it), that's not the point, if you don't get the benefits of having your whole movie/TV library online and available anytime you want, I'm not going to argue with you.
If all I wanted was to get TV to more than one room, I'd still be with Dish (I switched to Cable about a month back) and I'd have a Hopper, or I'd have switched to DirecTV and their HR34. Either would get me a DVR and TV to more than one room, and would be a lot simpler and probably less troublesome than a PC based system.
Based on everything Ceton's said and shown, it seems to be positioned as a lot more than a standard "get TV to other rooms" Media Center Extender.
Originally Posted by tkole
The niche streaming bluray rips are the exact same people who are interested in media center based whole home TV distribution. You're probably in the minority if you're not interested in it.
Originally Posted by wco81
It's only a niche who wants to stream BD rips. So understandable that they'd focus on core features.