Originally Posted by bigwebb83
yeah I just can't believe no one has jumped on the band wagon of providing both though... Guess I'll have to wait. I'm deffinitely not buying two boxes...
You can buy a one-box solution in the form of a HTPC for about 3x the cost of the two-box solution that will do both. Of course you'll have to deal with keyboards and mice.
I think the real problem is cost vs functionality. Internet streamers have to get content providers (studios) to trust that their hardware is copyright secure while at the same time working out a deal with channels and staying on top of updates - all on a tight budget and while keeping hardware retail prices below $100.
Network media players have a similar problem figuring out what they can sacrifice to stay under $100. Western Digital gave up on licensing DTS-HD and the ability to play 24bit FLACs gambling that most of their $100 customers didn't care as much about those as they do about Netflix. On the other hand with the NeoTV 550 Netgear gambled that their $100 customers didn't care as much about Netflix as they do about support for DTS-HD MA and 24bit FLAC support.
The bottom line is that with a per unit manufacturing budget of probably around $50 by the time they pay licensing fees and pay for the hardware, assembly and distribution they are left with the ability to stuff in only so much functionality. Now if enough customers were willing to pay $200 for a single box (fat chance) then it might be possible. I just don't see a large enough market at $200+ for economies of scale to kick in. Hopefully in a year or two the market will mature without too many desirable functions (like 24bit FLACs) falling by the wayside. Of course by that time Netflix and Amazon Prime will be built into most mid-product line TVs.