Originally Posted by MikeSM
I disagree with you. The apple TV, Android TV etc... devices are cloud updated, and not like PC's where you have to a lot of manual work to keep them in shape. And even if you don't like the idea, the TV's are now all embedding streamer functionality in them anyway. Android TV in Sony and others, Tizen in Samsung, Vizio with android TV and chromecast.
Also, it's lot easier to push a gigabit of network connectivity to a TV or a box plugged into the TV than 18 or 48 Gbps HDMI. and with bluetooth and RF remotes becoming the norm for control because of all the voice assistant functionality being built in, you need that box proximate to the user, not locked up in a rack far away.
That was the big news at CES this week - voice assistance from Google, Amazon and not Apple with airplay2 support being built into all the new TV's. You can't use the assistant functionality with IR remotes that are easily backhauled to a central source. And all the streaming boxes are now using bluetooth remotes as well.
The future is not ecentralized distribution anymore, and that means HDMI switching is going away.
And yes, the 5 people in the US who have kaleidescape boxes will need them, but millions else who can get that same functionality with Plex, etc.. will not need them.
I've only have 8 TV's in my own home, and only 4 people using one of those TV's at any given time. So the last thing I wanted to do is stick 8 Roku's/Apple TV's/Comcast Boxes/etc. behind each TV. I have zero content that requires [email protected]
so I don't need 18Gbps throughput to each TV. I don't want multiple remotes to deal with. I don't want multiple apps on my phone to deal with. And I certainly don't want to constantly talk to a device to watch TV, change channels, change volume, etc. So for me it was a simple and logical choice. Simple video distribution from a centralize location to handle 4 Comcast cable boxes, a single Roku, an Oppo and an Antenna DVR, all controlled with a centralized automation system.
However, if someone comes to me and they say they've only got a few TV's, and they're the only one watching content, then by all means I would not suggest a distribution method for them. As there is a cost benefit threshold for video distribution and they are not going to hit that threshold in such a setting.
And yes, millions can rip/download content and use a Plex with a home-brewed server, but the functionality is not the same nor is the quality, barring those that don't re-encode their rips. There is very little comparison between a Kaleidescape system and any other home-brewed system out there, and most average users don't have the time or knowledge to properly setup and maintain home-brewed systems like that.
Originally Posted by ezlotogura
updates such as changing a file path for sharing your personal content on Kodi. what about adding an app on 1 box then you sit at another tv wanting to watch that app and its not there, so you need to wait to download the app, then remember the password. what if your kid resets the password to an app for some reason, then you need to go figure it out. i dont think we are talking about OS updates.
I started building HTPC's back when WMC was released in 2002, and continued to build and maintain a variety of systems since. Wrote custom programs to fill my needs, built media server after media server (still have the same UnRaid box running that houses all our family photos and videos), tried out practically every PC based DVR product from my first Hauppauge tuner (bought in '97) to my MyHD-120 Tuner (the BEST ASTC tuner that ever existed, and RIP Cliff Watson) to my SiliconDust Prime that is still running, installed and configured Kodi more times than I care to remember (still have a Raspberry Pi Kodi in my office running), and on and on and on.... After 17+ years of all of this I realized something... I'm too old for this ****. Maintaining all of that... while keeping the wife and family happy, was more trouble than it was worth. Anymore I just want simplicity and zero hassle.