I am a recent owner of a Soundbridge M1001, but have had a couple of years UPnP streaming experience with a Philips Streamium MX6000i system.
Whilst I love the speed and styling of the Soundbridge, the one thing that surprised me when I first started using it was the non-persistent navigation. I.e. Once you start playing something you are taken back to the top of the navigation tree. I prefer to navigate by browsing the folder containers on my TVersity server so this 'feature' is a real pain. I have similar frustrations with the non-persistent navigation following searching and starting playing. I know this feature request for more persistent navigation is not new, but I have a suggestion as to how it might be implemented:
Whilst the Philips Streamium unit has some serious limitations, its navigation is simple and very intuitive to a modern computer user, and most importantly, it remembers where you were when navigating! Essentially it uses the left and right direction keys to move up and down the menus and navigation tree. The right arrow drills down (so does its OK/select key) and the left arrow takes you up a level in the tree. The left arrow also takes you out of the 'now playing' screen to the previous 'view' before play was started.
After using the Roku I noticed that the left and right direction keys are not used in most navigation, so the above navigation method could, I hope, be added without affecting the current operation of any other keys including the 'back' key. I am presuming the Roku has sufficient memory capacity to remember where it was, or the results of a search etc.
Could someone from Roku please comment on the technical feasibility of improving the navigation in such a way?