Originally Posted by davygrvy
I mostly agree, but take issue with the above. The DHGHDD is a perfect hardware platform as is. Yes, it uses IDE drives not SATA and it doesn't have an Ethernet port. But you have to stop and ask why the hell can't 1 or 2 man-months at Sony be put to a freaking software update to:
- Allow for normative behavior without guide data. IOW, manual clock set.
This seems like it would be a fairly reasonable request. However, I don't know what the status of their build chain is for actually doing an updated build of the software environment for the unit. I'm guessing a Sony engineer's probably not going to come on here and tell us. Nearly 4 years worth of bitrot could be a problem.
Allow for a USB network adapter (wired or wireless) to get guide data from.
But as has already been pointed out, it's not as simple as just "make it get data via Internet". TVGoS v10.x software would be needed, which would probably require substantive retooling within the DHG's software - assuming it has the CPU horsepower and memory available to run it. (The DHG runs what, TVGoS 8.something? That's 2 generations more bloat.) From what I gather, it was pretty resource constrained when it was new. Now? Hah. I can't see how they'd seriously sink man-months worth of effort into a long-dead product for no possible financial return, when they're bleeding red ink all over the place, like the rest of Japanese tech companies? I just can't see that happening.
And that assumes that the MontaVista kernel config in the kernel source they provide on their site matches what's running on the DHGs now - I don't know if it is, but the config when I looked at it included the IP network stack, 2 different 100Mbps PCI Ethernet drivers (Intel E100 and an RTL8139 driver), and some USB Ethernet device drivers. That seems like the kind of bloat you'd trim out of a resource-constrained embedded environment.
This may be a taller order than you'd think.