Originally Posted by Doug S79
Sounds like you want an Apple TV... or would've, if Hulu didn't get axed from Boxee. There's some speculation that it may return in some way, shape, or form on a new version of the ATV, but I digress...
Apple TV is overpriced, over-DRMed and it's yet another component in my cabinet, as opposed to the Sammy, which has the potential to be an all-in-one entertainment device, aside from my DVR.
Actually, it's not so much access to I-Tunes that I want, somuch as access to audio files. I'd love to be able to connect an external hard drive full of ripped tracks from my CD collection and play them back using a built-in interface. I don't want to listen to Pandora - I want to listen to MY music at a higher quality than I'm going to get through streaming media.
Originally Posted by ab2ab
You beat me to it!!
But given Microsoft's behind the scenes "involvement," I was going to say Web TV.
I actually have an UltimateTV unit from DirecTV that I still use. It included WebTV (later called MSNTV). However, it was dial-up only and the resolution sucked - meaning you really couldn't properly surf with it.
Now, a similar interface through the Sammy on my HDTV screen (which is at least as good resolution as my laptop), using the broadband connection - now you're talking. If it can download extra BD Live disc features via the internet, why not be able to bring me...well...the internet? It shouldn't be too far out there to incorporate a web browser and drivers for a keyboard.
Imagine watching a rental movie and being able to order a copy or your own to keep (or even the soundtrack) through Amazon right through the player (phyisical media or via download if you wanted). Are you wondering who that guy is? He seems so familiar....Jump over to IMDB where you can discover it's M.C. Gainey you're watching.
The interface is Java - what about some of those addicting little games like the ones on those flash sites. Keep the kids occupied with a game of Hang Man, Paper Plane, Pinball or Bowling.
The beauty of these devices is, they're smart enough to do all of this if they just add the functionality. For the average Joe, the extra features will probably be more likely to make him buy in than this whole "BluRay" thingy...