Quote:Well, you suggested it .
Quote:We must be having trouble communicating. I have the issue because I *am* using the PC as my main entertainment center. It is my DVR, and my BD/HD DVD player. It also plays my music, displays my photos and I stream content using it. So not sure why you say it is not for me. I know this box inside out. I also happen to have access to the competing solution from K and I am saying that the latter zeros out hassle that even I, with all of my knowledge and abilities sometimes just don't want to mess with it. I only shared one problem out of many. Another example is media center crashing on powering down the display an AVR. Recently I also got a blu-screen. This is a completely stock Win 7 Premium using Core i5 with its internal GPU. It doesn't get more vanilla than this. Yet it is not 100% stable. I wish it was. There is a lot of code in there that came from my old team at Microsoft. But it just isn't. So no, $90 doesn't get you to a K. The multi-purpose system just has more stuff that goes wrong with it.
Either way PCs offer features that other products don't, which is why we use them instead of specialized products for those use cases. While I understand that for you this may not be the right solution, I also think it's important to provide some balance (even if I agree on some points) for readers who may not understand the full context or potential for solutions especially considering that compared to the cost of a "K" system $90 to make a problem go away is nothing.
The limitations with K are a set of features as mentioned. Lack of reliability and predictability does not enter the picture. It matters not how well your PC runs. You can never predict if the one someone else configures works as well. And getting them to work requires so much research as this thread shows. Take a trip to the massive thread in HTPC area on just how to build the storage system. There are opinions all over the place. Then go and shop for hard disks and see the horror stories after horror stories with drive failures. One of the guys in our shop has a large storage array he built that he is using with is Dune. The thing just crashed and it is nor recoverable. He is faced with ripping some of his library again.
Quote:I am not telling it is dire. I am simply transparent with what you get with either platform. At CEDIA I was talking to the Dune people. They were using the Videbox video server with their player. I asked them why Vidabox would be supporting them since they had their own PC based players. He said that was the reason! That their clients are simply not reliable enough so they are looking at promoting the server with likes of Dune as clients.
I don't believe the state of affairs is as dire as you suggested so I must have missed that. We have the ability to affect change, we just need to be vocal and patient - the larger our niche becomes the more power it wields WRT to development $.
And no, it is not a matter of being persistent. No one is allowed to get a license to build a BD server. K is the only company who has done it and deep in litigation over it. As such, don't expect any high-power, polished entity to enter this market. Freeware, tiny companies, etc. are your only bet and the results are what we see. On this point, remember that K is using a playback AACS license. This means that it can decrypt any disc. Not so with these other servers which use some other means for decryption. When that code is changed, then you may be out of the option to rip content until they crack the new mechanism.