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Missing the Point
Authored by: ravedog on May 31, '03 02:11:56AM

ALl these external MP3 servers or remote controllers ALL lack one key item... VIDEO OUT. Now correct me if i'm wrong but even the ones with displays have small unusuable interfaces. What someone needs to do is have the unit interface with say, iTunes, or some PC counterpart, take the data, and render it for the screen... making your collection usuable. I have my system set up via TOS Digital link to my theater system and control things thru the KeySpan DMR. But it's pretty lame not knowing whats playing or being able to select the data (in my case all my theater equip is in a closet - so a display in the device would be useless anyway).

The new Tivo Series 2 Home Media Option (works with X) looks like it might have solved the problem... however... requires getting TIVO service... (which we have) but it does not work with the Tivo Series 2 Direct TV sat receiver... looks like DirectTV doesnt want to carry it....

so back to my original statement... make these external serving interfaces add a GUI and have video out... most home audio sys have adio and video tied in and most have some sort of GUI... why not these too?

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Missing the Point
Authored by: Souldub on Jul 14, '03 03:44:49PM

have done a lot of invertigation into these types of devices I found a couple of clear potential winners, depending on the primary purpose, Video-On-Demand, or Audio-On-Demand.

GameShark Media Player aka QCast and SliMP3.

GSMP overs the best VOD media coverage (Divx, Xvid, MPeg4, etc. available) and at $50 US (plus the price of a PS2 + network adapter) will do a very reasonable job playing back MP3's.

The out and out champ for audio has got to be the SliMP3.

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