I agree with most of what is said here....My feeling is that since they probably arent going to be able to offer all the features of some of the more robust media servers out there, lets quit development on it now, and get these things back to just being good reliable dvr's....
Realistically I don't expect a $100-$200 D* HD DVR to do everything that a several hundred dollar dedicated media server can do, and I don't want it to if it causes issues with normal, dependable operation, including responsiveness.
Agreed.....except there is a raging battle in the industry on the convergence of voice/video/data and lets call it "content". You see it with iPhone, new "gateway" STBs, Cloud Apps, ie Windows Live, etc. Basically, it's "how" do we take all our TV channels, Home Video/Photo/Music content, VOD wants (NetFlix or PPV), Internet Browse, Internet content (eg. Flickr, Facebook, YouTube) and make it "seemless" to integrate/access by the consumer. Cisco has recently announced their VideoScape architecture, Comacast is beating the Xfinity drum (BTW....serves video from a NAS), AT&T UVerse.
So, with all this said I would have figured many moons ago....~2 years when DTV released the HR20 that they would want to drive home convergence. Recently they a did a small/baby step in this direction with MRV....in response to AT&T UVerse....and was able to leverage $3/month from us for that....booo....hiss. However, they have really ignored MediaSharing since I'm guessing there are other pressing areas that generate $$$. What's really drives the point on this is that DTV has MP4 & DD codecs in their boxes since this is the new video feeds we are watching off the HDDs....yet the MediaShare is still MP2 and LPCM audio. So, clearly there is no desire here and luckily with the advent of these power little NMP (eg. WD TV Live Plus) looks like there may be good/better way to skin the cat. I just wish that since DTV will not make MediaShare what it could/should be that they make their DVRs DLNA/uPnP where they could stream "from" these NMP boxes.
Edited by thekochs, 17 January 2011 - 02:45 PM.