To further expand on what
said, it's not enough to say Company X should create/sell Product Y.
Heck, there's lots of money in selling filtered municipal water, and selling it probably wouldn't benefit Microsot's direct competitors in any meaningful way, but they still aren't likely to bother with it unless it is going to help them with Z. Z is the missing part of the equation that we as outsiders can only really speculate about. Z is the broader goal. Z is the direction they are headed. Z is the master plan, if you will.
So unless you know Product Y will directly help with Plan Z, Company X probably isn't interested, no matter how great of an idea it is.
A couple of years ago, I actually looked into the feasibility of putting a similar device together. I went so far as to talk to some engineering firms to create a custom board to run the device, and some manufacturing firms overseas to look at building. What I found was that guaranteeing supply for off the shelf components was going to be very difficult, and engineering a custom solution was going to be expensive enough that even ignoring R&D costs it was going to be very difficult to build the device at a price point that would make it interesting to the average joe.
You know who could benefit from something like that though? Ceton/SiliconDust. And interestingly enough, a few months after I had given up, Ceton announced the "Q
" which made sense since they would have access to one of the most expensive parts of the system at their
cost instead of mine. Turns out it never came to fruition either.
Point being if something like that is going to happen, don't expect Microsoft to be the one to do it unless they decide to steer the entire Microsoft ship in another direction.
If anyone cares, the system I was looking at putting together was a little more elaborate than the Q but the idea was to make something that was a cablebox replacement that was dead-easy to install, and also had WMC capabilities. To make setup easy and "cable like" everything was going to be MoCa enabled. That included a custom router that had a built in cable modem and Moca Support. So.. plug in power, and plug in coax, and you've got data everywhere. (Ethernet would be available too for those already wired) The Media Center device was going to be running Win7 Embedded with a few custom plugins including bluray as well as some guide improvements and something along the lines of Media Browser or My Movies. As far as connectivity it would include MoCa, Ethernet HDMI, eSata (with multiplier support) and a cablecard slot. (6 tuners) And finally Extenders would be diskless, with just HDMI, Moca and Ethernet. I wasn't aiming to have a solution that would necessarily make all of the enthusiast happy, but I was looking to make something that just about anyone could use and install. Turns out that is a pretty tall order in most cases.