Originally Posted by Big Lag
What is the market? My experience was that the tuner in my TV was a better tuner than this Samsung unit. The Samsung is also very buggy - to the point that I will likely get rid of mine.
The only reason I bought one was because I wanted to reduce the number of wires running up the wall between my AV receiver and my TV. I wanted to reduce the wiring "clutter". It allows me to eliminate running the coax cable up to the TV and eliminate the audio output cable(s) from the TV back to the receiver.
Was this adequate justification? Probably not. You still have to hide the HDMI cable from the receiver to the TV and the TV power cord. Whatever you do to hide those can be extended to cover the others.
There is no justification for putting out a unit that is not ROCK SOLID. Nothing makes up for buggy operation.
Live and learn.
Location at my AV rack (opposite wall than my wall mounted TV) was my primary interest in the H260f as well. That and I have a monitor plasma with no tuners.
But my experience with the H260f is far different than yours. Mine has been "rock solid" in performance, never a problem. The one minor hiccup in H260f usage for me was it's HDMI output just didn't have enough power to output audio and video over a 50' HDMI cable to my TV without dropouts. But that was easily solved with Component output (which was the original plan anyway).
What is the market? As was stated before, a "niche" market to be sure. It started as a "niche" market and the "niche" is getting smaller. But most of this "niche" market would encompass:
- Some TV's do not have any tuners (like HD Monitors or projectors)
- Selectable Resolution Output to better match TV's native resolution
- Better OTA reception (varies)
- OTA and QAM tuner
- SD output to DVR
- Digital Audio (surround DD 5.1 & PLII) to your AVR
- TV lacking digital audio output to AVR (surround)
- Need second tuner (OTA and/or QAM) for Picture-in-Picture on TV
- Need second tuner for use with multiple antennas (no need to re-scan all ch's)
- STB location convenience: if your tv and AV gear are not right next to each other (even if your TV has digital audio output) it may not be easy to run audio back to your AVR from your TV. This comes in very handy if your AV gear is on one wall and your TV is on another wall. All AV inputs (cable, sat, OTA, DVD player, VCR, DVR, gaming console, etc...) can all be connected to a single AVR then run ONE set of cables to TV (component or HDMI).