Your Digital Media Has Never Looked So Good

 
Steve E
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New Competition??

Sun Jan 07, 2007 5:50 am

Interesting industry moves for us consumers maybe on the way

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6230227.stm
 
mikemd109
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new tech

Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:07 am

We can only hope for something better to take the place of Roku. I'm tired of restarting Firefly ten times a day. Ever since I dl'd Itunes 7 my SB has been a pain in the pain in the butt. Here it is 4 months later and Roku hasn't come out with something compatible.
 
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Re: new tech

Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:42 am

mikemd109 wrote:
We can only hope for something better to take the place of Roku. I'm tired of restarting Firefly ten times a day. Ever since I dl'd Itunes 7 my SB has been a pain in the pain in the butt. Here it is 4 months later and Roku hasn't come out with something compatible.

Did you mean compatible like how the new firmware beta is compatible with iTunes 7, or compatible in some other way?

http://www.rokulabs.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10845

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compatibility

Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:55 am

No, that is exactly what I meant. I'll give it a try. I LOVE my Roku unit when it works properly. In fact I have two of these units for both floors. It's just frustrating the way the Firefly server cuts off constantly. I have a very large library so that may have something to do with it. I don't really know. I get the following log message - <<2007-01-06 15:20:23 (778e82fb): Session 0: Streaming file '13 Speed.m4a' to 192.168.1.101 (offset 0)
2007-01-06 15:24:27 (9897922f): Query: INSERT INTO updated VALUES (51371)
2007-01-06 15:24:27 (9897922f): Error: unable to open database file
2007-01-06 15:24:27: Aborting
 
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Sun Jan 07, 2007 9:37 am

mikemd109, if you have issues with Firefly... bring it up in the Firefly forum. That's not normal. Try a newer build, too. I can throw a 50K track library at Firefly... no problem. (Also note iTunes will be significantly slower with a large library.)
 
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Sun Jan 07, 2007 3:13 pm

grommet wrote:
mikemd109, if you have issues with Firefly... bring it up in the Firefly forum. That's not normal. Try a newer build, too. I can throw a 50K track library at Firefly... no problem. (Also note iTunes will be significantly slower with a large library.)


True..24K files now, no issues whatsoever. Post at FF forum, and are you by chance running a AV like Macaffee?
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thanks for the help

Sun Jan 07, 2007 3:36 pm

I went to the Firefly forum and saw my problem discussed. I dl'd a zip file and changed a configuration in the server. That solved my problem and the server no longer stops running. Thanks again for the heads up.
 
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Sun Jan 07, 2007 8:17 pm

This is good news! The more entrants the better - features will increase, prices will decrease, more consumer choice.

I'd be interested in how the products differentiate themselves.
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Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:16 pm

Not bad at all. $299 for video, music and a HD?

http://www.apple.com/appletv/connect.html
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Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:35 pm

he he he...looks very good - but it will be $500 in the UK :cry:
 
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Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:49 pm

iTV, err, AppleTV should do well for the folks that live and breath the iPod/iTunes ecosystem... but it's not that innovative other than being an Apple product. For some reason, they support their own DRM. Imagine that. 8)

XBox 360 was there already at $399 USD, and is a full gaming platform, too. (The biggest drawback being it's a bit louder while running.)
 
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grommet wrote:
(The biggest drawback being it's a bit louder while running.)

Now there's an understatement :P

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Tue Jan 09, 2007 3:18 pm

The usability of the 360 as a media player is atrocious nevermind the egg fryer heat & noise (though to be fair I hear they're fixing this soon).
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Tue Jan 09, 2007 3:24 pm

Personally I find Xbox 360's full HD capable Windows Media Center Extender UI support far from atrocious. That's what should be compared. The new "TV shows and movies" store UI on XBox 360, which is standalone (no server/PC needed), is pretty good, too... if that's of your interest.

If you are talking about the basic UPnP media server support... yes, it's pretty basic.. but it works.

Side note: At CES, HP showed a few LCD TVs that have Media Center Extender support built-in... in addition to a HP designed UI that doesn't need MCE. Slowly moving foward in the "Connected" world...
 
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Fri Jan 12, 2007 2:09 pm

I will never buy any Microsoft or Apple centered products simply because I would hate being tied to their OS.

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