Originally Posted by slowbiscuit
That's obvious, but I was talking about features not support.
Embedded is highly customizable. You can have as little or all the way to a full blown Windows 7 system. I think that we will have little to no access to the underlying platform. It's basically a closed box, but they really haven't specified a feature set for the platform yet. It would be really nice if they develop a plug in architecture so developers can write plug-ins that you can download from an app store, and they would automatically install themselves just like iOS apps do.
I know some people have suggested the ability to install additional tuners such as ATSC tuners. Personally I don't see that happening from a support standpoint, and it also might not be possible given what they have removed from the platform. There may be dependencies that a driver may rely on that are outside of the scope of the platform they are creating. I don't think they are going to want third party hardware other then an addtional hard drive or tuning adapters for SDV attached to the box.
This is going to be a tightly controlled environment with very limited expansion options. I have an HTPC with an InfiniTV 4 installed that works well, but I don't want a PC in my living room along with the hassle of maintaining it. If I had the ability to download plug-ins from an app store such as MyMovies or Media Browser, that would be great. I don't use extenders because an xbox can't play DVD or Blu-ray 1:1 folder rips. If the Echo extender can support that, I would dump my HTPC and buy a Q and a couple of Echo extenders.
They have stated that they want to bring on addtional content partners, and what that means I really don't know. If they can come in at a decent price point with some decent marketing, this will be a big win for for all of us regardless if we can tinker with the box or not. The Q and Echo could very well give Tivo a run for it's money. It will be interesting to see how this box develops.