I have had a PhotoBridge for 9 months now. I bought it in February when the betas were rolling out one after another with significant communication from the Roku team. Up till today, I was a lurker in these forums.
9 months later, the silence around here from Roku is really beyond belief.
No one from Roku actively participates in the beta forum, let alone the general forum, where the only participation as of late was in response to complaints about RMAs. Normally I'd say I can't blame them for not caring so much about the beta forum, or letting the beta drag on for 11 months now (December 23, 2004 Patrick announced the 2.0 beta), but let's face it, how many people are NOT using 2.0.x? How useful is this box without it?
If I did not have any third party apps, I would be pretty pissed off that I ever bought this thing. With the third party apps, I am not pissed about it, rather just sad that this project has seemingly been abandoned by Roku. Any official reponse will say that they haven't abandoned it, yet all signs in fact point that way if you're a customer.
The third party apps that have been developed are GREAT (personally I use MPlay, SlimRoku, WeatherSix and Viper... and I'm sure the others are equally as great), and yet those developers who spend countless hours creating these great apps free of charge for us are limited by the lack of support and updates from Roku. API changes requested by those developers could make their apps infinitely better.
Anyway, to get to my ultimate point here, I only have one PhotoBridge, and now that I've got a significant library of DVDs ripped to my Infrant X6 (excellent NAS RAID box... great forums with active company involvement), I'm ready to stream my media throughout the house. HD1000's are nearly impossible to find (no thanks I don't want a refurb Rev A), although for $100 more I can get a HD1500 at my local Fry's that includes art packs I don't even want.
Next week I've got an Xbox 360 coming that retails for $399 (premium version with the hard drive).... the same price as the HD1500. The new MCE on the Xbox 360 supports streaming HD. At the same price, wouldn't I be crazy to go for a HD1500, or even a HD1000 at $100 less?
I realize I'm starting to write a book so I'll close this as quickly as possible. I don't care if Roku reads this or responds to it, and I don't care how many 'enjoy your crappy Xbox 360' replies I get. I'm just writing this in part to vent, but also in part to clarify how bungled the PhotoBridge product (project?) is right now. I don't see any other way to interpret it than Roku just doesn't really care about the PhotoBridge for one reason or another. It would be nice if they'd communicate that reason to the customers, but I've seen multiple requests for such go unanswered, as I'm sure this one will too.