Originally Posted by rdgrimes
Whether it's Amazon, Netflix, or any other, the player makers have no control over what application is fed to their player.
We'll have to agree to disagree about that; as I stated, I doubt that Amazon created any of the players and I'm certain that some Netflix players were written by their manufacturers.
In the case of Amazon, the list of supported devices is pretty small relatively speaking and Amazon actively resists adding more to the list.
It's still hundreds of separate models
, including devices from just about every major CE OEM: Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, LG, Microsoft, TiVo, Roku, Vizio, Netgear, Logitech, etc. I cannot believe that they keep a firmware development team large enough to maintain unique players on all of those platforms. The list of devices has grown steadily--what evidence do you have of them "actively resisting" adding more? The only mobile devices that they list players for are models of the Kindle Fire line (though I know there's one in the iTunes store) but that's just to promote their own products in that space.
I'd suspect that they don't want unlimited users accessing their servers. And, they further want to control the bandwidth used by those who do - hence they limit access to 5.1 audio.
Amazon's HD w/DD5.1 sound streams average 2.3 Mbps including sound; the SD stereo ones are 1.3 Mbps. We're not talking mountains of bandwidth here.
Further, the different applications used by Amazon or Netflix all have very different requirements for processing power in the player and more importantly they have different capabilities with respect to DRM.
As I stated, the vast majority of newer devices with Netflix players all run the same player and Amazon's highest bandwidth content is half the bit rate of Netflix's. It's counter intuitive that an Amazon player would require more resources than one for Netflix. All those devices run identical Hulu Plus players (as nice as any of the Amazon ones) and the VUDU players on those which have them are all the same (save for the Xbox, with its Metro look-and-feel and Kinect control features). I don't buy your arguments.