Since everyone else seems to be using this thread as a vehicle to share experiences, I'll share mine too.
My 1st Gen 360 just got the Red Ring of Death again (2nd time). Not sure if it's been more or less than 3 years since the last time, but I'm not optimistic that it'll matter. So I'm probably in the market for another extender, and will likely purchase another echo.
Yes, MediaBrowser/MKV support is lacking, but it is on 360 as well. I have MediaBrowser, but don't really use it. This is a low priority to me.
It plays LiveTV and Recordings just fine. I don't play music in the bedroom, so before I buy, I will test that. Otherwise, the only complaints/obstacles to me going with Echo over 360 is:
A) Netflix support (360 does HBO Go as well, but hardly anything else does... I don't expect Ceton to support that (although that would be awesome!), but Netflix, eventually, and sooner rather than later, is a must for me if it is to properly replace 360)
B) The remote is a "value" issue. People have been quick to point out how Xbox Live fees are part of using Netflix on 360, but there's a poor value proposition here as well if you have to drop additional $$$ on a Harmony to get it to work. Now, for my Living Room/Basement applications, this isn't a big deal, as I want (and already own) Harmony's. But I did not want that kind of expense for my bedroom, and am stuck with that now.
Anyone had success using the Ceton app as a remote? With RemotePotato, I don't have much use for remote recordings scheduler, but a $5 echo remote would save me some $$$. Do we still need to install "My Media Center Services" on the HTPC if the only functionality we are looking for is Echo control?
As for Ceton, my experiences with their support staff have been nothing less than A+++. I had a problem with my Comcast CableCard, 100% a Comcast issue, not Ceton, but Ceton took on my problem as if it were there own, worked with Comcast on my behalf, and fixed Comcast's problem for them/me. In the world we live in, support like this is rare, IMO. If Ceton says they're going to address something, personally, I believe them. JMO.
Edited by psuKinger - 1/28/13 at 2:33am