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Linksys DVD player w/ WiFi and ethernet

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the thats-a-lot-of-toys dept.

Wireless Networking 338

An anonymous reader writes "Linksys has announced a progressive scan DVD player with 802.11g and ethernet. Users can stream MPEG2, MPEG4, DivX, MP3, WMA, and other formats from their PC to the TV. Sure I can do this cobbling together other tools, but this is a self contained box even newbies can use. Think how many people could install and config a router and an AP, versus the number of people that can plug in one of the self-contained wireless routers? "

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FP? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7918876)

cool.

Re:FP? (-1)

Trolling Thunder (639121) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919008)

Linksys DVD player w/ WiFi an ethernet. What is it all about... is it good, or is it whack?

Guess what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919377)

Moderatorer suger kuk och knullas djupt!

Are you interested, yet?

Re:Guess what? (-1)

Trolling Thunder (639121) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919437)

JAG AR INTE INTRESSERAD, HORA. Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted! Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

Re:Guess what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919459)

Ah, yet another Swedish troll uncovered...

Re:Guess what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919504)

YOU ARE SWEDISH? HAHAHAHAAH!

fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7918877)

fuck the GNAA and fuck trollkore. get a life you stupid fucking juvenile faggots.

first! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7918885)

first?

Re:first! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7918929)

oh yeah! waste you moderate points to mod down first posts! like you have moderate points too often? or maybe you just like to make people down?

Re:first! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7918995)

No, just you.

Re:first! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919036)

Actually, I have been punished with too many mod points lately, I never get to post anymore :-(

Insane in the Mainframe (5, Funny)

Benwick (203287) | more than 10 years ago | (#7918895)

I can't wait to find out which kinds of porn my neighbors prefer...

Re:Insane in the Mainframe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919041)

Better hope it's not German schiesse midget gay porn! Unless you're into that...uh, yeah.

Re:Insane in the Mainframe (5, Funny)

aborchers (471342) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919045)

Think how many people could install and config a router and an AP, versus the number of people that can plug in one of the self-contained wireless routers?


Now think of how many of them can secure those routers, and imagine yourself with access to all your neighbors' movie collections!

Re:Insane in the Mainframe (4, Funny)

Dutchmaan (442553) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919353)

Now think of how many of them can secure those routers, and imagine yourself with access to all your neighbors' movie collections!

I feel an "I have a dream" speech coming on!

Re:Insane in the Mainframe (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919159)

This is Captain Dexter Smith of the Earth Alliance destroyer Agrippa to Slashdot and the renegade nerds. You're ordered to surrender your computers and yield to our inspection.

Re:Insane in the Mainframe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919331)

Anal inspection?

Gateway has something similiar (4, Informative)

Triumph The Insult C (586706) | more than 10 years ago | (#7918902)

here ya go [gateway.com] . my boss has been eyeing one

and epson just came out with a whoopass hdtv. something like 72", built in photo printer, etc. $4k

Re:Gateway has something similiar (3, Interesting)

galaxy300 (111408) | more than 10 years ago | (#7918974)

Yeah, but the wireless Gateway model only supports 802.11b. I hear that streaming videos suck. The Linksys is exactly what I've been waiting for...if it's under $300 and will play DVD+RW, I'll get it the day it's released.

Re:Gateway has something similiar (1)

Triumph The Insult C (586706) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919082)

yea, i noticed that too.

gateway has 3 devices. they should combine them into one. dvr+dvd burner+streaming media(wired and wireless). for say, $400, that'd be a pretty sweet deal.

Doesn't support divx (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919175)

Looks like it doesn't support divx. Worthless for me without that.

Re:Gateway has something similiar (1)

strictnein (318940) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919189)

Gateway's, although technically inferior has been out for about 5-6 months now.

Re:Gateway has something similiar (2, Funny)

squeegee_boy (319210) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919348)

built in photo printer, etc.

Photo printer? The last thing I expected to see in my lifetime was an "out of ink" prompt on my TV.

Re:Gateway has something similiar (2, Interesting)

visualight (468005) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919458)

I'm already doing this (minus the wireless) on my xbox. When I first read the article I started to wonder if I could get a wireless adapter to work with my xbox/xbox media player, but then I realized that I haven't actually moved my tv since it was purchased.

Still, I wonder if this will be cheaper than an xbox...

Re:Gateway has something similiar (1)

GuyinVA (707456) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919499)

Looks like it's using a D-link card. I wonder if you can swap it out for a 802.11G card?

I'll buy it (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7918910)

when it runs ogg.

Re:I'll buy it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919087)

it will play ogg if its based on the sigma designs chip. probably will because linksys has quite the experience with running linux on wireless embedded systems.

Re:I'll buy it (-1, Flamebait)

caino59 (313096) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919150)

+2 insightfull?

wtf...knew it wouldn't take long for some lamer to rant about ogg support.

FLAC off already

Why do you support these unconstitutional assholes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919205)

Stop voting for the fucking neocons!

Don't be a fool - you've got to see these are illegal orders!

Nifty and Spiffy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7918924)

...but WHY? I dont get it.

Re:Nifty and Spiffy (2)

Douglas Simmons (628988) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919329)

So you can watch your zero day bittorrent mpegs on your home theater in the living room without having to use 30 feet of RCA cables to get the signal to your TV from your analog video/sound outs (or a wireless tranceiver if you can afford one). This is a good thing because doing it the analog way will make the quality suck, especially if you're using a long stretch of RCAs; whereas Linksys's product will achieve the same [somewhat] losslessly.

WEP (5, Funny)

wally mean monkey (739201) | more than 10 years ago | (#7918933)

Do I get in trouble for watching pornography if the neighbor kid hijacks my wireless?

Re:WEP (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7918986)

i'm sure there is a wi-fi on off switch you cockface

Re:WEP (2, Interesting)

damohasi (538874) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919038)

Seems no real hijacking needed. Can't imagine whey will switch on WEP or even IPSEC by default. So finally we can start hacking all those little tools or neighbors recently ordered.

But maybe this starts a new era of "going to the movies". You can ask your neighbour what he's going to watch this eve...

New meme: War Viewing (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7918944)

New meme: War Viewing

You heard it here first kids.

-Dave

Re:New meme: War Viewing (2, Interesting)

tbase (666607) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919158)

I may have heard it here first, but it was quite a while ago in an article showing how to configure a backpack and small LCD screen so you could walk around and view wireless cameras. Had nothing to do with 802.11x

Some guy bought one of those wireless camera/receiver combos and hooked the receiver up in his backpack with a little LCD screen. Then he walked around a big city and interecepted security cams and such. I think his conclusion was it was really boring. :-)

At least with one of these you might get to see some more interesting things... I wonder how long it will be before someone develops a PC based client for the server software for these media boxes. Although the transmission protocol may be standard, I imagine the server and stream formats are all different between this one, Gateway's, and the handful of other ones on the market. That would make "war viewing" pretty difficult.

place your bets... (1, Interesting)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 10 years ago | (#7918949)

Anyone want to place bets on how long before ____Insert OSS project here____ finds their work on it?

Take your pick- busybox, mplayer...the linux kernel(with modified drivers based on GPL of course)...

Useful... (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#7918953)

Users can stream MPEG2, MPEG4, DivX, MP3, WMA, and other formats from their PC to the TV. Sure I can do this cobbling together other tools, but this is a self contained box even newbies can use. Think how many people could install and config a router and an AP, versus the number of people that can plug in one of the self-contained wireless routers? "

Pilot: There's that movie playing on the HUD again.

Co Pilot: It's the *&%#$ Matrix: Revolutions, again.

Pilot: Let's do a barrel roll and see if we can lose that geeks DVD player, buckle up.

DON"T BUY IT YET! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7918962)

This device is version 1.0! They haven't patched it to prevent the runaway wireless goatse from rearing its ugly mouth at you!

Re:DON"T BUY IT YET! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919088)

Dude, that's not his mouth... ::shudders::

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At Last! (5, Funny)

jobsagoodun (669748) | more than 10 years ago | (#7918964)

Now I can stream Ratchet and Clank from my PS2 through my Happauage BTTV card, grab it with Mplayer, out of my PC 'cross the network to my wireless access point and on to my TV!! Its the missing link I've been waiting for!

Re:At Last! (2, Funny)

KE1LR (206175) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919147)

"from my PS2 through my Happauage BTTV card, grab it with Mplayer, out of my PC 'cross the network to my wireless access point and on to my TV"

... and nothing but net!

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Ouch (3, Funny)

tbase (666607) | more than 10 years ago | (#7918972)

Think how many people could install and config a router and an AP, versus the number of people that can plug in one of the self-contained wireless routers? "

That sentence makes my head hurt. What does this have to do with the Press Release? Nobody configures these things anyhow. Is LinkSys still publishing a warning in their WAP docs not to change the default security settings? It's like if Schlage put a warning on their door locks not to lock the door, or you might not be able to get in your house. I bet it cuts down on the support calls. :-)

Re:Ouch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919435)

PS2s have a numeric password for DVDs. While reading the manual, I discovered that there is a code that resets the password. Kinda defeats the purpose, huh?

Now this I really like! (5, Interesting)

soluzar22 (219097) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919024)

I'm well aware that I'm in the minority, but I believe that convergence in the form which the megacorps are currently attempting to foist upon us is a dead horse which they are attempting to flog.

This on the other hand is my idea of the future. A single, well thought-out component of a larger, modular system. Having a PC with a nice screen instead of a telly is one thing. Having all the media files that are on your PC availible across a wireless network through this handy little gizmo is quite another. Where can I get one? When can I get one? This could cut down on just so of the many (frankly worrying) chunks of wire spaghetti that currently run between PC and TC/HiFi.

Re:Now this I really like! (2, Interesting)

tbase (666607) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919319)

Just get a PisimiQ - they've been out for months. ThinkGeek carries them, and you can surf the web and e-mail with it too. Or you could get Lite-On's DVD player that plays DivX from Data DVD-R/+R's. I agree it's a good concept, but I think they're a little late. And personally, I'd rather have the "spaghetti" of a single ethernet cable rather than worry about the MicroWave on the other side of the wall screwing up my movie when I'm nuking a bag of popcorn - not to mention what happens when your next door neighbor gets the same box and decides to hook it up to a cantenna :-)

Sometimes KISS just works (1)

WinterpegCanuck (731998) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919374)

Now don't get me wrong, I love tinkering with the inner workings and do not know of a single electronic device I own (and some I don't) with the "Removing will void your warrenty" stickers still in tact, but there are times where simplicity is really appreciated. Yes, I can connect my pc to my vcr inputs, plug in some ether in my living room and watch any movie from my file server, and it will work, but systems like these and TiVo just work, and allow me to relax in my leisure time.

Just because you can use sed routed through five pipes and a database engine to strip a tv-guide website and schedule a record, other than bragging rights on IRC (what geek hangs out at a water cooler in the open) why would you? I will still use the windoze guideplus that came with my ATI card to get my listings unashamed. I think a lot of geeks need to remember that the easy ways are still ok, as long as they are not relied on as the only ways.

But.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919025)

Linksys does not offer Linux drivers for it's 802.11g products (nor does Broadcom, maker of Linksys chips) so unless you wish to shell out 20 bucks to Linuxant or wait until someone finally writes a driver for the FSF, you're SOL.
(I'm fighting this issue right now, so, yes Virginia, I'm a frustrated user!)

Re:But.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919121)

So don't buy a linksys card for your PC.

That's why 802.11g is a standard

Re:But.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919285)

Not to encourage your trollishness, but I already had bought the card (works great in Windows, and I get it to work fine using the 30 day demo driver from Linuxant) so I'm not throwing away 70 bucks just because I don't have a stinking driver yet.
and it IS a 802.11G card (actually it does both B and G).
Nice attempt at a troll, though.

Hmmm, is this a bit of CYA?? (2, Funny)

bckrispi (725257) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919033)

Users can stream ...videos ...from their PC to the TV. This feature is ideal for subscribers of internet movie services.

Yeaaaaah, that's their market. I'm willing to bet that every penny lost by the RIAA/MPAA due to *piracy* has been made up tenfold by companies that make ripping movies and music even easier and more convenient. Just like Sony Music screaming about dropping cd sales while Sony Electronics cashes in on portable MP3 Players.

Before you buy... (0, Informative)

Seth Finklestein (582901) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919046)

...you should know that Linksys has no respect for the GPL [linuxdevices.com] , and only agreed to release its source code for $10 [linksys.com] after threats of litigation.

This is not a company that you should support.

Sincerely,
Seth Finklestein
Open Source Company Watchdog

Re:Before you buy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919192)

so why wasn't any legal action taken? has the GPL ever even been tried in court? maybe it's about time...

Re:Before you buy... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919230)

they are not forcing a charge of 9.99, you fucking vigilante

Neat device, but... (5, Insightful)

skidoo2 (650483) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919054)

There's a growing segment of the Joe Electronics Consumer population that's currently leapfrogging right over it. Most plasma TVs these days have an RGB input (standard VGA plug).

My 42" Samsung knockoff can do 1024x768, no problems. Even text looks great from the couch. The PC is tucked incospicuously out of the way. Although I have a regular progressive scan Sony DVD Player hooked directly to the TV, the PC of course has a DVD player, in addition to an 802.11g connection, an ATI AIW TV tuner card, and a giant hard drive.

Granted, the price point is a little higher, but the feature set is a LOT higher.

Xbox. (1)

talon77 (410766) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919061)

My xbox does this now.

Re:Xbox. (2, Insightful)

netfall (721323) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919235)

but how many people would want to open up their xbox and mess around with even just the pogo pin stuff, let alone solder their own mod chip. and then to flash the chip!?! install the dashboard!?!
ok - you and I have obviously done this, but i don't know anyone in the general consumer market who would even think of doing this.
if they want to pay me to do it for them though... that's another issue :)

Re:Xbox. (2, Informative)

Alex_Ionescu (199153) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919340)

There's actually software mods now that do this after booting from a CD by using one of the 2 exploits (Audio CD and font files). Plus there's 3 games that have another exploit if you use a special corrupted save game with the executable code. Ta-da, no more need to open up the xbox/solder/pogo-pins.

Plus the xbox can play games and run a variety of other applications (web server etc..) Can this DVD player do that? Nope. (oh not to mention it supports every single possible video format out there that exists on Linux/mplayer/windows, including QT/RA/Ogg)

Region free? (4, Interesting)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919072)

Will this thing do "region-free" with a few menu commands? That's a must for me. "Turn off macrovison" is nice, but less crucual.

Re:Region free? (2, Informative)

interiot (50685) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919282)

If you have a laptop with TV-out already, just buy the 802.11g stuff, and buy this [remoteselector.com] that hacks most current PC DVD software to be region-free, macrovision-free, yadda yadda yadda, and there you go... If you have a modern laptop already, it's 1) probably cheaper than buying a separate DVD player, and 2) just as small and quiet.

Re:Region free? (1)

interiot (50685) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919334)

(plus it obviously supports Ogg/divx/everything, has winamp and all your favorite players, and has a non-sucky UI including a real file explorer with mouse input, etc...)

hmmmm...pr0n (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919080)

Now I can stream pr0n to my neighbor's TV

Huh? (5, Interesting)

tambo (310170) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919096)

A progressive-scan player that takes input from your computer? Hmm... storing a lot of home-theatre-quality, progressive-scan video with 6.1 sound on a hard drive doesn't fit today's drive capacities or wireless speeds. Won't be feasible without drives hit the terabyte range and gigabit wireless.

What would be much more useful would be a DVD player that hooks up to your TV, but can DIVX encode video (from DVD or any other video source) and stream over 802.11g to another TV, or to your computer for archiving and storage. That way, your TV gets a perfect picture from your DVD player, and your computer can receive and save streams of lower-quality video for any purpose.

- David Stein

Re:Huh? (2, Interesting)

skidoo2 (650483) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919265)

But why would you stream the encoded DVD **FROM** the TV to a computer (for storage)?? Why wouldn't you just put the DVD directly into the DVD player on the computer? It might be a little more useful to stream an encoded TV broadcast to an arbitrary computer, but even that is of limited practical value, since we now have the magic combination of 802.11g and powerful, inexpensive TV tuner cards (and related software).

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919468)

There is no such thing as progressive-scan video. Progressive scan relates to the displaying of the video, not how it is stored. Progressive means nothing more than non-interlaced.

Too bad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919119)

.. their wireless routers and cards can't maintain a connection with eachother for more than 30 days at a time.

WarPorning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919125)

Driving through rich, uptight neighborhoods hijacking video streams of jesus and such and replacing them with hardcore a2m action while you borrow bandwidth. SSID: Linksys!

Um... How does this help? (4, Insightful)

pla (258480) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919172)

As far as I can tell, this would save me exactly one S-Video cable, from my livingroom PC to the TV - And I'd just need to replace that with an ethernet cable.

Assuming they sell this at a price comparable to a typical standalone DVD player, it does nothing more than choose one box over another, with the added "bonus" of using quite a bit of your LAN's bandwidth while reducing overall flexibility of content (Can it play flash? My PC can, and dumps it out to the TV. Can it play "Fred's obscure and proprietary video encoding format"? If it exists, my PC can, and dumps it out to the TV.).

I suppose one could argue that this means you wouldn't need a livingroom PC at all - But I strongly suspect that such an argument automatically excludes 99% of the potential market for such a product.


Have I missed any cool features of this which might make it more useful? As I understand it, it does nothing I can't already do.

WMA? But no AAC or Ogg Vorbis (1, Insightful)

jocknerd (29758) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919183)

Thats a load of crap. God I wish these hardware companies would stop supporting WMA.

Re:WMA? But no AAC or Ogg Vorbis (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919368)

Awww, your just mad cuz WMA is a better codec, ya big puss.

Re:WMA? But no AAC or Ogg Vorbis (1)

jocknerd (29758) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919470)

Even if it was a better codec(which its not), I would not support it since it is under the total control of one company.

Re:WMA? But no AAC or Ogg Vorbis (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919379)

Because PEOPLE ACTUALLY USE WMA.

no one uses vorbis except nerds. Literally.

as for AAC my guess is licensing issues

Re:WMA? But no AAC or Ogg Vorbis (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919407)

http://www.kiss-technology.com/?p=dvd&v=users

Ogg support, 80 gb HDs, networkable...

these are nice.

Pricing? (1)

merlin_jim (302773) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919185)

The article and a quick google could not reveal any pricing information.

Anyone have any idea what kind of pricing we're talking about here?

looks like no WAV or SHN audio (1, Insightful)

renehollan (138013) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919201)

I can understand the lack of support for .shn files (losslessly compressed audio), but to not support .wav files is a travesty: I have all my music stored as .shn files (and would consider either .wav or a real-time converting server), on my home server. Given the fidelity of my stereo system, the losses associated with MP3 compression are unacceptable to me (and yes, I'm happy with requiring 16-12 times or so the disk space on the server).

These kind of devices should have a standard architecture that supports plugins for new, emerging, and custom media formats (Oh wait! That would defeat the built-in obsolescence). Even if the plugin architecture were platform-specific and not platform-agnostic (somehow, Ogg-Theora (or whatever the Ogg video format is) decoding in Java is likely to be, less than spectacular, perfornace-wise). it would be a start. The next step is a standard API for plugins, and, perhaps, manufacturer-supported remote compilation for each platform.

Otherwise, we won't get the kind of upgradability we'd like without the platform being completely open.

Re:looks like no WAV or SHN audio (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919466)

Oh, you're one of those people who think they can hear a difference between MP3 and WAV or lossless compression.

Allow me to laugh. "The fidelity of my stereo system", my ass.

It does not stream your DVDs (2, Informative)

jea6 (117959) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919216)

By my reading, this thing won't stream your DVDs out. It will only take incoming media and output it to your TV/Stereo.

Bleh. Too bad.

Or you could get a momitsu instead (5, Informative)

Mike Bridge (8663) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919240)

you could get the new unit [manowa.com.tw] from momitsu (the v880n) which does all that, and has DVI output for your HD set (so you can actually appreciate the progressive scan), and supports ogg.

Sould I even bother? (2, Interesting)

rworne (538610) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919266)

While I was eyeing the recent flood of media players that hook up to the TV, I was also disappointed that just about every solution I find on the local shelves all require Windows 2000 or Windows XP.

Thinking that they just put that there because it required a Windows share to hook up to was overly optimisitc, it needs to run software on the PC as well.

That rules out OS X and Linux users. I would also hazard a guess that this one will do the same, since their other similar media product [linksys.com] has these restrictions.

Sounds great, but..... (1)

tx_kanuck (667833) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919288)

This sounds like it was created to stream movies designed for a comptuer screen onto a TV set. Can you imagine trying to play a 640x480 movie on a 60 inch plasma TV? Talk about looking like shit.

They also didn't say how the media gets from the comptuer to the DVD player? Is there software I have to install? Is there a *NIX version? A Mac version? Do I have to pay for seperate licenses for each installation?
I'm not going to hold my breath on this one.

Just PC (aka Windows?) (2, Interesting)

Dark Paladin (116525) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919296)

Or can I stream anything? I've got several fansubbed anime titles I'd like to watch stored on my PowerMac, and it would be nicer to see them on the TV than even on my laptop.

Is *any* OS supported via some sort of file share (http/ftp/samba), or will Linksys require some special streaming client?

I didn't see the details from the press release, but if it's just looking for a SMB fileshare you specify though a web interface (which would make the most sense in my mind), that would be the best and most open solution.

Pricing and Availability (2, Insightful)

frovingslosh (582462) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919313)

In the press release there is a section called Pricing and Availability where they don't tell you the prive and do tell you that the thing is not available.

They say it plays DVDs and VCDs. They say it will play Divx from your PC. But will it play a Divx CD (and if not, why the hell not?)? Will it play SVCD (from the media)? The press release is damn poor, leaving such obvious points unaddressed, does not reflect well on the product.

Oh, yes, FINALLY (1)

rock_climbing_guy (630276) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919371)

I'm going to beam goatse to the house next door where that guy won't stop playing rap all night long at volume levels normally reserved for movie theatre sound commercials.

been there done that ( XBOX) (1)

ufpdom (556704) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919376)

Been there done that w/ the xbox. OH and I can even do mame too to boot.. But seriously.. Sounds good.. Will we be able to upgrade the software as newer codecs come out?

It's an extension cord for your DVD-ROM! (2, Informative)

aquabat (724032) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919394)

As I understand the description, this thing is a DVD player, and also, I can send one of the four mentioned file formats to it over the network.

So, I can pop a DVD into the drive on my laptop, and stream the encrypted data directly out via the network to the player, which will then decrypt it and send it to the TV.

I wonder if the firmware on this thing can be flashed to play other formats...

Why the DVD part? (1)

WatertonMan (550706) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919421)

What I don't understand is the DVD part. Most people have DVD players -- even on their computer. Too bad they don't offer it as an option. (And I pray they have it in black instead of that ugly faux aluminum which has been popular the past few years) I also wonder how the data is shared. Is it in some directory? Will the device work with Linux and OSX? Or is it some custom Windows only setup?

Over at El Gato they have a similar product that does work with OSX. El Gato Eye Home [elgato.com] . There are numerous similar products for music only as well. Some even support streaming radio stations. My favorite sounding is the Roku Labs one [rokulabs.com] although I hasten to add I don't own one. But the iTunes integration for both PCs and Macs sounds very intriguing.

POSTED FIRST! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7919434)

First post, yeah.

Not until it can Vobcopy then transcode.. (1)

msimm (580077) | more than 10 years ago | (#7919453)

I'll keep my Myth box thank you. But this sounds like a nice product heading in the right direction. Of course aside from the geek factor of the Myth box I've got myself a multimedia Swiss Army knife, with PVR, commercial detection/skip, database, movies browsable by cover/name, CD ripping, weather forcasts, RSS feeds and of course a funtioning Linux box I can use from the couch.

But this still sounds interesting.
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