I am looking at getting an eeeBox once the new ones are released. They are supposed to be able to push 1080p. Now I just need to get a Windows Boxee invite =(
Just order my machine today, original i had an asus mini tower with 780g chipset full hdmi, 2gb ram, 160sata hdd, blu-ray, AMD X2 2.3Ghz, Windows Media Center. And an external 500GB WD hard drive which i've been ripping movies to with divx. (taking forever). Someone needed a machine so i sold it, saving my hd and blur ray.
Today i got the rosewill mini itx case from newegg for $45 shipped, comes with slim heatsink/fan and thermal compound. a Jetway ITX AMD 780G w/ HDMI out, 2GB Kingston Hyperx, and AMD X2 2.1Ghz Oem processor for $267, I should be able to drop my old Sata HD in and hopefuly be off seeing at its the same chipset (crossing my fingers). I have it all hooked up to a Panasonic 42" 720 Plasma. Hopefully to showcase to people they can drop there cable plans to internet only, and use that money to pay off a computer to do the same thing. Should save close to $660 a year from cable. Well worth it in my opinion.
Question still out there though, if i put my all my movies on my external drive, then in the future Move them all to an ftp server, i should easily access them at my friends house correct?
Ideally it would allow users to customize the hardware so that they were only paying for what they wanted. Put some empty slots in for Blue Ray or big hard drives, and recommend compatible models, but don't require everyone to buy everything. I really really want an ATSC TV tuner, would even like to get two.
Same for sound devices - build the sockets (USB or otherwise) and let people add on what they want.
Making the thing hackable is a must. Be like iPhone, not TiVo - let the community help you add a zillion apps.
i don't want a desktop computer in my living room. and i don't like most clumsy htpc cases. i really want a slim set top box. something in the dimensions of an apple tv, asus EEEbox or similar. still it has to be under 200 dollar to make sense to me.
when i see people showing solutions they are either refurbished huge desktop boxes or so expensive that it does not make sense at all.
if your idea just misses an ir port or a display, i can recommend the arduino project to you. runs on win/linux/mac and usually you can just send serial data over usb for ir port or lc display. they start around 20 dollar.
720p is fine with me. 720 and 1080 are not distinguishable on anything 50 inches and smaller from a regular viewing distance by those with perfect vision. I'd wager that *most* people have a display 50"s or smaller.
# Digital Optical out
# Blu-Ray with HDMI 1.4 as an option would be nice (as you are a company, you could license the Blu-Ray tech)
# Gigabit Ethernet
# 8x USB
# All in one memory card reader, hidden on fron (like ps4)