I've thought about the background of ddrukers question another time, and I've come to the following conclusions:
1st: Actually we're at official fw 1.5.18
We can watch MPGs, look at JPGs and listen to MP3s.
That's what Roku sells. That's not more nor less than is promised, and it works. Everything else is in the future. What might it be? Nobody knows.
=> Nobody buys a product just because the manufacturer tells (with advertising and son on) that it some day will be a good product. You buy it because you like it the way it is, or you leave it in the shop.
For sure there are people just buying because they have the money to spend and do not know what else to do with it. But it will not do any harm to these people if the product is bad and is not worth it's money.
2nd: We got the possibility to take a look at the future. We can see what the manufacturer want's his products to be.
=> But still more: We can try for ourselves.
AND: We can comment on the changes. Not everything an engineer designs will be an improvement. (To be honest I think that only few things coming from theory to practice are improvements at all
3rd: And this is the best part:
The manufacturer reacts on the comments we're giving.
They're trying to check the possibilities to integrate our ideas, and they're trying to make the product just the way WE (the customers who are at fw 1.5.18
) want it to be.
Now tell me:
- Have you ever seen i.e. "Ford" building a car with a feature that you suggested to their designers?
- Have you ever written a letter to i.e. "The NY Times" telling that you don't like their front pages font and the next release was in your mailbox to cross-check before printing?
- Have you ever seen a product being influenced by the customers THAT FAST, like it is here at Roku?
If so, you're a lucky person.
And now: Let's all calm down, get back to our 1.5.18 PBs and dream of a time when we will be able to watch DVD-rips right from network shares, stream HDTV right from our Linux-boxes to the TV and when we will be able to do online fw-upgrades, and all the other stuff that is FAR OFF in the future, when fw 2.x will be released as final!