Originally Posted by Bigfeat
I got one of these things a few months ago after owning a Tvisto series a few years now. I am not entirely impressed by it, but the main support I was looking for was wmv files. However, DMR is not supported.
Isn't wmv a proprietary format? And did you mean Digital Rights Managment? I think you really want to take this up with the people who created the wmv beast. That or quit using wmv - that should tell those people a thing or two.
These drives only read Fat32 which is a shame considering the Tvisto predecessors supported both Fat32 and NTFS.
NTFS is another proprietary format. I doubt people could sell a product that could read and write NTFS unless it was a Microsoft product.
Due to this file system limitation ISO files are not supported.
What does NTFS have to do with ISO? However, I do agree, mounting ISO images would have been nice.
More importantly, this device do not quite edge out the Prismiq (no longer produced) because of the array of networkable features it provided. Being that the Prismiq had been in the market for years I would have thought GMC would have had enough time to design a state-of-the-art player. But instead, it's a cheaper design with a heftier price tag. I only state this because I talked to the GMC engineers who boasted about the Tvisto successor that was coming out. Once I started listing some of the features of the Prismiq and other devices at the time and asked whether the features would be comparable to that, they could only concur about 70% of them.
Keep in mind almost all of these players are based on SigmaDesign hardware and Syabas software. So it's almost apples to apples with respect to what is out there (i.e. Galaxy 3500, D-link, Netgear, Lighton... all use about the same guts). If you really what to jump ships to something that can do just about anything build a mythtv box.
The navigation is archaic to say the least on this player. GMC has a "special" wireless adapter for the device which is a marketing ploy to fleece consumers. This wireless card is listed as an option, but your only wireless option. Or how about integrating it. They should at least provide one an option to use their own PCI wireless adapters as other like devices have been doing for years.
Why don't you try it and get back to us. It's only a mini PCI connector like in older laptop computers. The problem here is that the linux libraries used by Syabas may not work with all the different manufacturers out there.
For any one looking at attaching a HD to this device I would recommend picking up a MyBook series. They have WD hard drives in them and are already formated to FAT32.
So word of advice to new shoppers is to pick up a Prismiq somewhere off of eBay. In addition, pick up a Tvisto series for better HD support.
I'll have to look into these devices (Prismiq or Tvisto). What I am holding my breath for is MythTV on an AppleTV. Despite the heat, this would be a real boom for anyone looking for a low cost (well almost low at $300) thin client that can handle high definition.