Originally Posted by ChayesFSS
It uses the same sigma chipset as far as I know as the popcorn hour which means, if you don't have or need the network capabilities, this player is 115 dollars cheaper, or ~ 135 dollars cheaper after shipping as the a-110 while doing everything that a stand alone popcorn hour does, am I right?
Like I said, I admit I haven't followed the thread closely enough to know if it has the same chipset as the PH, or plays everything it or other machines will. My point was more this doesn't offer anything new
existing devices, and additionally doesn't
have network capabilities.
Again, IMO, all things being equal, don't you think streaming locally from a drive will kinda go the way of playing a DVD locally in a DVD player? I just can't think of any advantage in having a drive in the Family Room, a drive in the Bedroom, a drive in the HT if you have one; a drive in the Office...none of which can communicate with each other...instead of just centrally storing everything on one file server, that can be accessed from every device in the house.
Now, I know all things are not equal; as I said, to me the reason for USB drives is a) you can't hard-wire a network and you're trying to stream files that don't work well wirelessly or b) you have files that are only native if
they're streamed locally, ala PS3 (and I'm sure others). But don't you think, in quick time, both those issues are likely to be alleviated; wireless technology will improve to the point where you can
stream any kind of HD file, and machines that don't already, will do FW updates that allow those formats to be streamed over a network natively?
I guess I do, which makes me think of this device as nothing but a quick, inexpensive little pit-stop on the way to true, whole-house media streaming. And that's fine; I'm not trying to run down anyone who's bought it. I just said I was surprised it was getting so much interest.