Originally Posted by arswhat
Now now, you do know, don't you, that there are a lot of negative google tv people in this forum - so not everybody.
However It was my understand that ALL platforms would be using the CE4100 - and from what I'm read that's fine. You have a problem with that chip?
I have absolutely no problem with the chip. In fact, I think Boxee Box using the same chip will be one of the streamers to look out for in the coming months. It is in my best interest to call a spade as it is. I have nothing to gain by saying one chip is better than the other.
For me the lack of NTFS (and Samba) is an annoyance with Android (and I suspect its because of licensing costs), but will probably be fixed in the future.
There are many such things which can be fixed in the future in other products too. Let us evaluate all streamers for what they are currently.
However I think you are wrong about Logitech being active - Google will update the firmware, like the do with the phones - not Logitech.
Can you give me a link supporting your point that it is not Logitech, but Google, which will take care of the updates? Even if the above point is backed up, I feel that the media streamer market is fundamentally different from the phone market. Google's updates will be geared more towards enriching your online experience (so that you can access the Internet in an easier manner and they can make you see and be influenced by the ads they put). I feel that the core CE4100 functionality (the details of the APIs for the chip) are still with the Logitech engineers. I am still on the lookout for more information about this.
I disagree. brads stuff is deeply nerdy and complicated (you have to understand linux) normal people don't understand it, and you don't really get anything new out of it.
Here people could make streaming apps, use btorrent clients from the market, add tons of things - where the WD modding is very narrow with no support from the producing company.
B-Rad's stuff could add Btorrent and Usenet clients the last time I looked at it. YouTube HD could be enabled even though it wasn't in the official firmware. Anything which doesn't need the core APIs of the underlying chip is OK for b-rad. I agree that the modding is quite narrow, but that is because the product is not as popular as the common Android platform. That is one advantage that Android has. However, there is also the issue that an app in the Android market suitable for a phone UI might not be really suitable for the GoogleTV UI. (I think there was some talk about Google not sanctioning Android for tablets officially because the app experience wouldn't be the same that people had with phones). All in all, we will have to wait and watch how Google TV will pan out. But, I am quite sure that, at launch, the WDTV Live Hub will cater more to the members in this forum compared to the Revue.