Originally Posted by Biggen_PCB
You think the R&D on the Echo was free? Ceton must have working capital to take that venture on and I would think the cost of developing their own DVR suite would be less than the hardware design of the Echo...
There are at least 2 big issues to deal with in designing DVR software. The first would be the DRM licensing for Playready or equivalent, which isn't cheap. The 2nd is guide data. We take the free guide data in WMC for granted, but the reality is that it's a pretty expensive proposition and requires a surprising amount of infrastructure to do properly. Open source software can use Schedules Direct for the guide data source, but software coming from a business like Ceton would need to look elsewhere. When I took over the development of the accessDTV DVR software a number of years ago, I had a heck of a time convincing Schedules Direct to allow me access to their guide data for the accessDTV users - unless things have changed recently, Ceton would not be allowed.
Then, of course, there's the effort involved in creating the DVR software itself, which isn't exactly a trivial undertaking especially if you're going to do more than just TV.
I think their best bet would be to work with other media center software companies to get DRM support and InfiniTV support added to one or more of them. There have been hints recently that J River Media Center will be adding support for the InfiniTV cards, but they have so far dodged the question as to whether there will be support for Copy Once channels or only Copy Freely channels. However, J River's DVR functionality has a long way to go before it could be considered a proper WMC alternative IMO.