Originally Posted by rogo
If I'm speaking for myself, here, I'm fascinated by the notion of using an iPod/Android phone as a remote and dropping the Harmony. I'm fascinated by this for three reasons: (1) As good as the Harmony is, there is a clunkiness at certain aspects of control that often makes its presence felt (2) Unlimited touch screens is more controls for each purpose than Harmony can hope to deliver (3) For what I can get for my Harmony, I can nearly buy a Revue.
Originally Posted by bdcook01
I was thinkin that 2. With the RF capabilties, it can control lighting, drapes, thermostats, etc.
Have either of you seen anything that specifically states it can control devices beyond the TV and STB? I have not, and I've been searching high and low for this information and have posted on their support forum and have not gotten a reply. They keep saying "other devices" but have yet to go so far as to mention what kind of devices. For once I'd love to see them show it controlling a DVD player. Frankly based on what's on the keyboard, and from every demo and video on their web site, I've seen no real evidence of full Harmony support, and this is a huge disappointment to me.
Also, I think the RF support, from what little they have said, has to do with their wireless devices.
I want something that will work with and supplement my 890, but I don't believe they have done that with this. I may be wrong, but if it really did support all the Harmony stuff, specifically activities, wouldn't they have demoed that by now?
Originally Posted by dack70
Ok, so I've done some research on this thing, and it looks like it does everything I was hoping it would do:
- Compatible with my DVR so I can access my DVR recordings
- Can stream my music and videos from my Windows 7 PC
- Supports MKV right away, with more fromats to follow because of the app store.
- Has a Netflix app
- "Might" have Hulu support soon
- Has a great looking little keyboard remote (extra $130)
- Compatible with the rest of my gear because my Harmony remote is
So, why all the hate for this device? It appears to do more than any of it's competitors, at least right now.
The Dish DVR is the only one it can access, otherwise it just provides an overlay and the controls on the keyboard can switch over to driving your PVR, it is not true integration. The Revue box will not no anything about what shows you have on your PVR or anything that specific. It's hard to say at this point whether or not it'll know your channel mappings even, as they have not ever shown what can be done with any other PVR.
I look at this device as being intriguing, but still not all there. It's possible future software updates will change it, but nothing is guaranteed there. I may get one to tinker with, and to replace my Roku (really, the UI on that is clunky and slow), but I don't think it can replace my harmony for anything other than watching TV.