Originally Posted by Bigups5
What's going to be amazing is when the Xbox One comes out. So now in theory you will have your blu-ray player, games, DLNA (hit or miss) AND TV all through one HDMI port, which means you can calibrate the TV for pretty much everything on one port. Plus, all sources will be 5.1 directly out the back of the Xbox One and into your soundbar or receiver. Remember, the new Xbox One has an HDMI passthrough, so your cable/satellite box goes into the Xbox. No more worrying about 5.1 downmixed to stereo or whatever, everything should be pumped out through the Xbox One, in theory of course it should work that way...
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. From all the reports I've read, the XB1 will only have a single HDMI-in. That means you'll only be able to run a single component in to get the XB1 UI overlay.
By contrast, my AVR receiver has 4 HDMI-in ports. I'm currently running my DirecTV, PS3 and Roku 3 into the AVR with a single HDMI cable running from the HDMI-out to the TV's HDMI-1 input.
With the XB1 in the mix, it may be possible to run the DirecTV into the XB1, then run the XB1 HDMI-out to one of the AVRs inputs.
Glad I got a Harmony remote to take care of all those switches!
One thing I'm looking forward to is on-demand, layered live data streams (caption boxes and sidebars) related to the current program I'm watching. With the XB1 overlay, it should be possible to see in real time what other people are saying about the show you are watching. A running commentary ala MST3K