Yes, a review on Macworld confirms that the card reader will not function on its own - it must be plugged into a computer to function.
Back to a previously suggested alternative...
Does anyone have or know someone who has a mediagate m25 device? It only has component outputs, but it claims to output to 1080i, but does that include jpegs. For example, lets say I formatted my jpeg files as 1920X1080 and loaded them on the internal drive. Would the M25 render them as such, or render them lower and then upscale, or (worst of all) render AND output them at a lower resolution. The obvious answer would be why re-render something that is already at native resolution, but if it was that easy, then the jpeg output on these devices wouldn't be so substandard and soft.
If the M25 can display high res jpegs, then one could just buy, and frame this unit along with an LCD HDTV and still save money over the PhotoVu frames.
Then again, most of the less expensive LCD HDTV screens use that 1366 X 768 resolution, so who knows what you would get after that conversion.
I have searched the forum here, but there doesn't seem to be any info on this.
And the search goes on...