So if the Photobridge was so good, then the obvious question is why did Roku discontinue it and why hasn't anyone else come up with something better?
When my power supply died last April, I sold my unit before it was widely known a third party was providing reliable repairs. At the time, the talk was that if even the power supply was replaced, the motherboard still had issues. So I chose to sell it.
To this day, I'm still left with nothing except an empty hole in my equipment rack. Is there anything out there that will allow me to easily stream pc based photos and music files over my entertainment system?
I've looked at the Netgear EVA8000 unit, but that also has issues.
Just my 2-cents worth and opinion as well as pure conjecture, but here goes.
I think the product was a huge cash hole for Roku and it was never profitable. It was way before its time, so most customers didn't know what it did. Just the bleeding edge folks could understand it. Most I assume thought why pay $499 for a box to show pictures on a TV, not understanding the full potential of this awesome piece of equipment. Then once the idea of a Media Client caught on, people like Linksys had stufff like the WMA11B that was only $200 and once again people (like myself at the time) didn't understand and bought the D-Link or Linksys product that the HD1000 ran circles around it. THe HD1000 is also missing HDMI, which is a must for 2007 it seems.
So think of the HD1000 like the Rio Karma
or Apple Neuton
The Newton came out and no one knew what it was or what it did. Then the Palm Pilot was all the rage and people were like, "now this is useful", not knowing that the Newton was a PDA first.
The Karma still smokes the iPod (other then eye candy) and its older (for the most part). No one knew what an MP3 player was (DAP is the real term I think), and it was not untill the iPod untill people knew about MP3 players and the iPod would not even play MP3's when it was first released, it would oly play MP4 (aka AAC). THe Karma has support for a bunch of CODEC (even Monkey's Audio) and the what it can do is pretty impressive for how old it was (i.e. Crossfade, on the fly playlist, networkable, 30GB HDD, gapless playback, etc)
I think Rio had the PMP300 (2nd MP3/DAP in the world) out in 1998 and the first iPod was in 2001
So here is how I got hooked...
I bought a WMA11B (cheap and liked the idea of music and pictures in the living room(for less then $200, I was willing to "play"))and was totally discusted with the lack of knowlege from sales (both best buy and Linksys) on the unit, but liked the idea. It worked ok, but when SP2 for XP came out, it hosed the config (huge issue if you read the WMA11B forums) and it took them about 6 months to fix it and even then, it was not public for a year or longer. I had to call Cisco and talk to several people and finaly got a hold of an engineer that was able to help me with a beta patch.
So between the time it was hosed and the patch, I googled the WMA11B and found out about the HD1000 and was still scared of the price ($499), but found a demo unit for $200 and fell in love with it. So much so, I went out and bought a M500 the next month.
I know its more then you wanted to know, but I was on a roll...
Oh yea, the HD1000 was open source, has card readers on the front and an awesome scaler. No one has seemed to put all those into another unit yet. Now if I just had a magic wand...
Roku3 and Roku HD1000 [Rev B] on a Samsung HLP5674W DLP in the living room; a Roku2 and two Roku XS and a few SoundBridges.Win7; Kubuntu and XP via RT-N66U, E2000 and a switch or two. I own stock in Roku, it's just all in the form of hardware.Viva la Roku