Can't roll out your own ATM. You won't be able to in an official capacity - if the community eventually finds a way to, who knows what (if any) pitfalls it would have (in terms of DRM etc). I don't think it's gonna be a viable option.Is that something you can run on your own hardware. or will I need to buy some sort of commercial box for that? (I can live with that, but I'd rather roll my own if possible)
I'm still holding out hope that SD will also eventually deliver a CC tuner that supports on-the-fly transcoding to H.264 (Hey I can dream) If that happens then for all intents and purposes I assume pretty much any AndroidTV box will work. I'm tempted to start doing some research on this (as you can tell I've done very little in this avenue) but I also have other projects to finish this evening and I know once I fall down the AndroidTV rabbit hole, I'll still be sitting here at 4:00am trying to figure out which box has the best feature set.Can't roll out your own ATM. You won't be able to in an official capacity - if the community eventually finds a way to, who knows what (if any) pitfalls it would have (in terms of DRM etc). I don't think it's gonna be a viable option.
So you'll need to buy a box (and buy a box that supports native MPEG2 decoding or can verify-ably SW decode without issue).
Yeah, I did a little looking several months ago when word first started to trickle out that it would have support for PlayReady and everyone (or maybe it was just me) got excited about the potential of another platform that could support protected content. At that point I don't think there were even any devices out yet at all.Yeah, a transcoding CC would solve a bunch of issues with the Android TV market/offerings. The thing about Android TV ATM - it's still so new/immature - there really isn't too much to research. That could be a good or bad thing, lol. It is promising though.
Yeah it would make lots of sense to. However things that make a lot of sense don't always come to fruition for one reason or another.Well the transcoding Prime was announced in 2013 and then fell off the face of the Earth, so maybe they'll resurrect it for their DVR
Yeah, I think it's reasonable to conclude that they aren't just sitting on a warehouse full of working products that they didn't want to release until 2015. They must have run into one problem or another that prevented them from releasing it already. that's not to say that whatever it is couldn't be overcome now, but realistically I'm not banking on it. (but still hoping for it)Yeah it would make lots of sense to. However things that make a lot of sense don't always come to fruition for one reason or another.
I do think though, that if they do decide to push forward with it, it will take a backseat to the software and getting it out the door and polishing it up and all that. So, I just wouldn't expect news on that front anytime soon.
Yes, they include the Google Play Store; but it's a curated version specifically for Android TV. I personally don't know how they're gonna support a full blown/with 'full amount' of apps - store; because the layout/navigation of the 'TV Store' doesn't easily lend itself to simple navigation or discovery with a ****-ton of apps. So, we'll see on that. Also, there are Android TV compatible apps that don't show up in the 'TV version' of the store - but are still fully compatible with Android TV. You just install it to your Android TV device from your browser. It's extremely simple enough (just hit the install button when on the app page in your desktop web browser, and select your Android TV device). Right now, I'm subscribed to a G+ group where one of the mods keeps track of and posts every new Android TV compatible app that was/is released; to keep track of what's available to me. With the immaturity of the ecosystem at this time, this is the best bet IMO - as all the apps I want - I simply install them as they show up/get listed in the group (there is a way to see every Android TV compatible app on the Android TV device itself - but I like my solution better). The apps are then in my download/install history if I ever need to install them again (which I can just hit 'Install>Android TV device' from the browser version of the Play Store).One other question while I'm thinking about it. Do the AndroidTV devices include the Google Play Store or no? I'm assuming not since I've heard mention of sideloading apps on them, but if they did that would be pretty pretty awesome. If I could get an NES/SNES emulator on those things (working with the game controller) to go along with the DVR app and Emby/Plex that would pretty much make this thing my ideal home entertainment widget.
I'm trying not to get too excited about this SD software, but I'm having a hard time fighting it.