Originally Posted by gsr
You can't always work around not having discrete IR power codes and many times the workarounds that actually work (such as light sensors to see if the power light is on) can cost almost as much as the Echo will. For me, not having discrete power commands would be a show stopper.
But I'm looking for answers to all 3 questions before I part with my money. Your priorities may be different than mine
I was thinking something much simpler than that, like just leaving a power button on the remote to turn it on if it gets into the wrong state.
Originally Posted by gsr
I'm using a Crestron control system in my house, so things like discrete power controls happen to be important for my needs. All I'm looking for is answers (not speculation or assumptions) to my questions so I can make an informed decision before making a purchase.
Oh, don't get me wrong, I think discrete codes are important to, I have URC remotes at all the places I'd put an Echo and I'd love discrete power codes for them. That said, (assuming good media format support), there is simply nothing out there that will do what the Echo does. If there were multiple similar options I'd definitely go for the one with the discrete codes.
But are you really saying you wouldn't get an Echo if it doesn't have discrete IR codes? And if you were to not go with it, what would you get in it's place? It's not like the Xbox or other WMC extenders are suitable substitutes.
Originally Posted by Derek K.
that isn't true. since ceton hasn't been forthcoming with details, all we know is that it will play recorded and live tv. they have been very non-committal when pressed for details about support for other media playback. with the information we have now, it isn't any better than the xbox.
I think you need to read between the lines a bit more. Eric all but said that it would support MKV early on.
plus, hd300s are still available (on ebay) and will do everything, and they were cheaper when originally sold!
Except their HBR bitstreaming is horribly buggy.
I'd be hesitant to send them $180 without guarantees isn't just a repackaged linksys extender.
I agree with that though. I highly doubt it's just the same old WMC extender in a new package, but I would like confirmation before plopping down any cash. Though I guess they don't charge you til September so you could always opt to not pay then if more details don't emerge.
Originally Posted by reggie14
Is there a technical reason it would be challenging?
Not really, SageTV and any number of media players can do it. There's tons of media player SOCs out there that support Blu-ray audio/video streams.
Are the blu-ray folks giving them a hard time?
That's one likely posibility, the other is that the Media Center Extender protocol doesn't support it.