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Just wondering if Sonic Blue has considered a Replay unit that could be used only to view content recorded on another replay unit, sort of a streaming video player. The unit could be used to play recorded shows and images off a Main Replay unit, but would not need a hard drive or any of the schedule and search software. Basically a unit that would have a ethernet connection and audio & video outputs so shows recorded in the living room could be viewed in the bedroom or den. There seems to be a few Sonic Blue employees who participate in this forum and I would like to know their thoughts, as well as other members of this forum, if this is something that would be a useful addition to the Replaytv family.
 

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Here Here!


I agree - Sonic Blue should invest the time and money to develop a thin client so we can have a true client - server setup in our homes.


I myself would buy 2 or 3 of these for additional rooms in the house.


Sonic Blue .... are you listening????


Aaron


On another note - can't wait for the portable ReplayTV to come out!!!

Saw a close up picture of it recently - looks GREAT!!!
 

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well the key for a unit such as this would be getting the cost down as low as possible. They would have to be able to sell it at $299 or less. Doesn't the box and/or instructions of the 5k series show a unit like this in one of the diagrams?
 

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I'm only replying just in case a sonicblue rep might be reading this board.


Make one of these play-only devices for less than $100 and I will buy at least one.
 

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It would essentially be a DVD player with no drive, an ethernet card and however much memory is needed to hold the current stream in memory to decode it... can't imagine it costing more than cheapo dvd players would.
 

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Originally posted by Cyrl
It would essentially be a DVD player with no drive, an ethernet card and however much memory is needed to hold the current stream in memory to decode it... can't imagine it costing more than cheapo dvd players would.
Cheap DVD players benefit from economy of scale. There are dozens of DVD player on a chip hardware solutions to choose from. SOnic Blue doesn't have the luxury. It's not the same thing.


Now if they'd just shipped the 40 millionth PVR in North America (DVDs just passed this mark) they'd probably be in a position to do this.
 

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Or maybe get Wal-Mart's much-ballyhooed $199 Microtel Linux PC as the thin-client player? :) I dunno if it has TV-out tho, probably not...
 

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Unless someone actually tries to build it, no one knows for sure how much it will cost. Seems like everyone thinks everything costs less than retail to businesses and that R&D is free. Maybe this board is full of managers!


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It's already here - it's called an XBOX. Put any MP3 or DiVX or similar content on your PC's hard drive, put your XBOX on the same network, and bingo - you can play it all at the drop of a hat. It isn't quite as elegant as the ReplayTV, but it's far more flexible. You can also watch DVDs and play games when not watching pre-recorded content.
 

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Xbox? With a mod chip, yes, but without it is just an Xbox.


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BroadQ offers QCast for the PS2, which will allow you to play MP3, MPEG and DIVX. Although it is still under development, it is available today and works pretty darn well. No ModChip required.
 

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While the xbox thing playing media from your PC is all well and good - I think what the majority of us would like is a little tiny box that would sit on other tv's in the house and allow us to access the recorded shows on the RTV - not the pc, thankyou.
 

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It shouldn't be too hard to build a thin client. DVArchive/ReplayPC code provides a way to download guide data and content. The main problem is finding a suitable platform (who wants a PC droning away in the living room).


Allwell makes a pretty cool set-top box platform http://www.gctglobal.com/Products/Se...bvod3036n.html . It's inexpensive, fanless, has networking, mpeg2 decoder, AV-outputs etc. I had been thinking it would be fun to run Real Player on this box and use it to watch internet movies etc. on my TV, but it could be a good platform for a thin ReplayTV client.
 

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Once DVarchive supports the 5xxxx I would use my PC for this purpose. I would set DVARCHIVE to sweep up new programs and store them on my PC.


DVArchive and PC combination, that would be sweet as the Server. At least then, you could throw Hardware to improve performance whereas a closed box like replaytv as the server is unlikely to have upgradeable hardware (except disk).


My 2 cents...
 

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I was eagerly hoping that DVarchive already worked with the 5000 series. Does anyone know when it will?


In my house, the 5080 recognizes the existence of the other (PC DVarchive) servers, but I cannot send anything to them or export anything to the PC's from the 5080.


Is there ANY software that currently works with the 5000 series for downloading content to my PC? ReplayPC does not work either.
 

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DVArchive doesn't work with 5000s right now, but ReplayPC 0.4 does.
 

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Thanks for letting me know. I just discovered ReplayPC 0.4 and am copying a file to my PC right now. I am not getting reliable guide information so it's hit or miss what I am copying. But I sampled a bit of it to see if it was usable and it was!


So now I have to experiment with RTVguide and the ReplayPC equivalent. Is it possible that the 5000 series guide format is still a problem for these utilities to parse?
 

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The guide parsing program for the 5k is in the "alpha" state, it's working great for me, and I'm using Rich A's REplayPC front end flawlessly now with my 5040, if you ask Lee about the guide parser program he'll probably email you the new version to test around with as long as you let him know if it crashes on anything etc.
 

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Thanks for the hint. I will try to get hold of this alpha version. Where is the best place to provide feedback? The sourceforge site?
 
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