RokuAnthony wrote:Yes, the video player could do internet radio (or pandora or whatever).
We internally debate whether customers would appreciate music on it. You would have to turn on your TV to select the music. What do you think?
In theory I am in favor of adding this capability. I guess it would make the Digial Video Player into a Digital Audio-&-Video Player.
Some pro-and-con thoughts and questions:
Would it in effect perform the function of a Roku Soundbridge, substituting the TV Screen for the LCD readout of the soundbridge? If I use a soundbridge to stream a radio station and leave it on that station for hours, then during that time, there is no need to look at the LCD readout (or glance at the TV screen, if the TV screen were used merely as a station-choosing display). So, would it be necessary to have the TV on during playback, or only during the selection process?
In practice, it is a bit hard for me to predict if I would waver and want to go back to purchasing and using a separate soundbridge to play back audio. Perhaps beta-testing such a feature with a few soundbridge owners within your organization might be a good idea, should you decide to explore it further.
Side-note that Roku's approach to the Soundbridge side of the business has been a bit of a mystery to me.
Anyway, coming back to my own original reasons for asking this question, I am not certain why I wouldn't want to expand the number of audio and video sources that I can bring into my media playback system(s). It is possible that in further thinking through and discussing the matter I would see the wisdom of solving this better by getting a separate soundbridge, but for now I think that maybe I would be good with being able to choose stations (including audio stations) entirely through what is presently the DVP. Maybe there would even be some subtle improvement possible for Roku on the business side, in terms of further leveraging Roku Radio. I don't know. Anyway, those are some of my initial thoughts.