This thread has sort of become a review of the xbox 360, but I would really like to hear a response from Roku on the original topic - what is the roadmap for this product?
When is a real 2.X release going to be available, complete with up-to-date documentation?
Will it provide full UPnP support for images and videos?
Will it support an integrated media playback experience? I appreciate the open platform aspect of this product, but IMHO the core functionality of this product (playing audio, video, images, internet radio) should be integrated into an application provided by Roku. This is essential for the product to compete with the fierce competition on the horizon (and it will be fierce). At the point where this product has a competitive user experience, the availability of third-party apps will push it into a category where other products can't compete.
Roku, don't squander this opportunity - from the other products I have evaluated in the market (I have XP-MediaCenter, XBOX-based Media Center Extender, NAS, twonkyvision, Soundbridge and Photobridge technology in my home, and I have evaluated other MCE technology) this product has a chance at being a market leader.
I almost love my Photobridge. Push that next release out there. The market is yours if you want it.
From what you've written - it appears you already have some idea of the frustration of those who had such hopes for the Photobridge 1000.
Some of that disillusion ends up being expressed through discussion of competitive products, most of which were only on the drawing board at the time of the Roku's release.
If Roku's roadmap for the product matched that of those early purchasers we would not even be discussing competing products. There's an uneasy air of lethargy and resignation permeating the responses from those at Roku who could have made the attempt to provide us with the HD media player that was intially hyped.
How far along a road must you go before you realise that it's no longer a path, but a uncared for over-ambitious project that now leads nowhere.
From roku's standpoint, the Soundbridge is a much better product. It deals with delivering only one thing - Audio, and as such it doesn't have to deal with the bizarre array of formats, data rates, resolutions, software and hardware combinations that a HD (and therefore SD by backward comaptability requirements) Video/Still Image and Audio network player has to cope with.
Wouldn't you be a little embarrassed if you had got caught up in your own hype, only to find out that your product would only reach a fraction of the touted abilities for a very small number of people? Only natural really to put that product onto the 'back-burner'...
The true frustration as a HD1000 owner is that if these new HD capable media player type products give the true fault free HD playback I've dreamt of from my Roku... should I hold off, just in case someone at Roku has a revelation and releases V2 software that turns this boulder littered goat track that I've negotiated so far, into a smooth as butter super highway?
I suspect Roku will be doing exactly what most of us will be doing - waiting to see what happens...