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Jason
2005-01-12, 16:08
I think folks need to come to grips with reality a bit here. You start
putting together a list of things you would need to do in order to do video
from the PC and you easily are talking about a $4000-$5000 or more price tag
just for a home video setup through your PC.

Even if Slim released a small video player that could stream video files
over the network the issue of allowing people to make backup copies of their
movies is NOT TRIVIAL and I doubt that Slim wants to be one of the companies
getting sued and harassed by the motion picture companies.

Whether there is Linux freeware to make backups of DVDs or not, 80% of all
Slimserver software downloads are for Windows and it's likely any video
solution would be purchased by Windows users too (in larger quantities than
Linux or Mac users). Users who are going to expect software "in the box"
for ripping and storing their DVDs. Users who aren't going to understand
the bandwidth requirements of doing streaming video over their cheezy home
network. Users who don't understand that ripping and storing a dual layer
DVD to hard drive consumes as much as 8.5GB PER DISC. The average person
probably has 20-40 DVDs and now you are talking about them having upwards of
350GB+ just to store a small number of movies. The real videophile who the
device would really appeal to likely has 100 movies or more so now you are
talking about 1 terrabyte of storage or more. The market is just not there
for such solutions today.

There's little question that VOD and HDTV VOD are going to be the wave of
the future but I doubt that Slim can gamble on such a solution when the
market is not ripe for it yet.

If you are hot to trot to get a video solution going there are solutions
being demonstrated from Sony and others that basically turn a PC into a
"media manager" for controlling media content to a display. The systems
that have been shown so far range from $3000-$5000 and are "all in one"
solutions that don't include super high capacity hard drives that would be
needed to archive a collection. If you are really as gung ho about it as
you say then bite the bullet, because I am skeptical that Slim will have
anything out that does this for quite a while (months or years maybe and
then only if there is sufficient demand from users beyond the subscriptors
to this email list).

> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of
> Michael Alletto
> Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 3:31 PM
> To: Slim Devices Discussion
> Subject: [slim] Nice box...
>
> The more I think about doing the mini-eyehome-dvd thing the
> less I want to. Mini $500, eyehome $180, a few 300GB
> external firewire HD's,
> $329 a pop (would need about 2500GB to store all my movies).
> A gig of memory for mini, $500 more.

kdf
2005-01-12, 16:22
Quoting Jason <jason (AT) pagefamily (DOT) net>:

> I think folks need to come to grips with reality a bit here. You start
> putting together a list of things you would need to do in order to do video
> from the PC and you easily are talking about a $4000-$5000 or more price tag
> just for a home video setup through your PC.
>
> Even if Slim released a small video player that could stream video files
> over the network the issue of allowing people to make backup copies of their
> movies is NOT TRIVIAL and I doubt that Slim wants to be one of the companies
> getting sued and harassed by the motion picture companies.

not to mention, once the software was there to support it, some unnamed company
would take it and use it to fix their own video player that never quite worked,
then start selling it at Bestbuy and Radioshack while sending troubled users to
this list for support...of course, that's all just completely random
speculation with no basis in reality :)

-kdf