Originally Posted by cabinguy
In this situation a company is putting resources into an existing product rather than developing new ones. Of course the question is did they just rush to market with products that needed more time or was the core issue that they were trying to hit a price point that just couldn't produce what they were trying to sell.
From what I have read the Dune players seem to have missed many of these issues. But they did it at a price that was almost 3 times what some of the less expensive servers sell at. My hope is that now that many of the issues have been cleared up that the next generation might actually perform up to the marketing hype. But I'm sure that WD, Netgear and others are asking themselves if there is enough of a market to bother with.
Time will tell.
The media player world has been full of hype. Promises that never come to pass. Pre-orders to fund production, poor service, etc...
WD seems to have been selling quite a few players. Netgear not so many. The only streamers that seem to be selling a lot seem to be the ATV(), Roku() and those from WD.
I doubt you will see a change in the way most of these are marketed. Small productions, at the mercy of changing digital laws, other ways of distributing digital content, etc...
I guess it depends on where you live. The market for these things relies on content from the US for the most part. As the very highest quality becomes harder to obtain via the grey world you may very well see most high-end players slowly disappear. I guess that depends on what happens with the legal issues surrounding backups.
It seems to me to be a world with a different future than say a couple of years ago. I would be very cautious when buying a media player with no premium access. Unfortunately they are the best from the point of view of technical playback.