TiVo Community Forum banner
1 - 13 of 13 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
During the 2005 CES Directv made a big splash about the Home Media Center resulting in months of talk and speculation on this and other discussion boards.

Now that the 2006 CES is over I have a simple question.

What happened to the Hopme Media Center. Not a peep out of Directv.

Anyone know what the deal is?
 

·
Also wants a pony
Joined
·
599 Posts
I was at CES for both the 2005 and 2006 show. It was interesting that D* used the same booth layout this year that they had previously. But this year, the 1/3 of the booth that had been used to intro the HMC was just filled with "maps" of the US showing where they had LiL HD channels. Very lame - 4 maps, for each of the 4 networks, which of course, had stars in exactly the same places on each map...

I asked a booth dude about the HMC, and his response was "it's still planned for late this year. We showcased it last year, so we didn't need to show it again". Right. As DeWitt said, Ucentric was bought by Motorola, so I think that project probably went into the "unlikely" magic 8 ball category. Oh, and there's history here - VOOM showed at CES 2004 a multi-room DVR, made by Ucentric, which vanished at the 2005 show.

Now, D* did show the empty shells of the HMC and the SD client at the CEDIA Expo in Sept 2005, but had no further info on it. No live demo, no canned demo, no video, no paper...

So what did D* show new at CES??? Cool "skins" for the front of your D* receiver (think Xbox 360 front plates). <yawn>
 

·
Dumb Blond
Joined
·
46,404 Posts
They also talked about at CES 2006 (but did not show) a combination of a DirecTV receiver and an Intel VIIV platform media center device. This makes more sense to me than a home-grown solution, but we'll have to wait and see what comes of it. (I'm also dying to know what TiVo is doing with VIIV, as their logo was included in the Intel VIIV presentations.)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
949 Posts
DIRECTV Pro

DIRECTV Pro is for the true technophile and home theater enthusiast. It combines the latest HD and DVR technologies, and differs from all other DTV products as it is designed to mount in a 19-inch rack, which is common in the home theater, custom installation market. Additionally, the Pro Home Theater has new features such as a front panel, HD LCD display, front panel transport controls, and additional control ports on the front and back. DIRECTV plans to launch the DIRECTV Pro at the end of 2006.

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=127160&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=799955
 

·
What happened, TiVo?
Joined
·
3,638 Posts
Streaming full HD is only practical over a 100mbit or 1000mbit network, and it needs to be clean. Also, the receiving devices are expensive - it takes a lot of processing power to decode and display HD.

The whole point of the HMC was to make it easy for the general user.

I can tell you that streaming HD is only for the expert techies with solid home networks.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
106 Posts
Well, I for one would pay for a whole house HD streaming DVR. I was looking forward to the home media center and am disappointed to hear that they are backing off of the concept. That does not bode well.

I am lucky enough to have a new home with ample wiring. I have two 1GB CAT6 going to every room. I have 4 RG6 going to every HDTV room and 2 RG6 going to SD rooms. I have 2HD TVs, 1 HD projector, and 2 SD TVs.

My wish list:

I want an integrated media solution without spending tens of thousands. How much would I spend? I would easily spend up to $2000 for the server and $500 for each HD client and $200 for each SD client. I could be convinced to spend more.

Only one box per TV. IOW, I don't want a separate satellite receiver, DVD player, media center interface, etc. All in one box.

Option to pay a little more for clients with DVD player/burners to be able to easily record content to DVD from any media on the server or network.

Ability to integrate a DVD changer into the server so that any DVD can be played from any client in the house.

Of course, make sure that the change supports BD or HD-DVD when available.

Ability to feed 8 clients minimum simultaneous.

Must support up to 4 simultaneous streams from the server to clients and have the ability to view live satellite in HD.

Server must have 4 sat tuners and 2 OTA tuners and be able to record 4 things simultanously.

Must have the ability to view photos and play MP3s from another shared computer on the network from any client.

Must have HDMI and component output on the HD clients.

Must have all the functionality of TiVo including guide/folders/season pass/wishlists


Basically, I want a complete media system that allows me to access any of my media from anywhere in the house. I gotta believe that there is hardware that is up to the task. With GB Ethernet and compression, that should be able to do it. Processing power is not an issue, just expense. We just need someone to step up and give us what we want.

Will this ever come to fruition?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
949 Posts
jschmidt said:
Well, I for one would pay for a whole house HD streaming DVR. I was looking forward to the home media center and am disappointed to hear that they are backing off of the concept. That does not bode well.

I am lucky enough to have a new home with ample wiring. I have two 1GB CAT6 going to every room. I have 4 RG6 going to every HDTV room and 2 RG6 going to SD rooms. I have 2HD TVs, 1 HD projector, and 2 SD TVs.

My wish list:

I want an integrated media solution without spending tens of thousands. How much would I spend? I would easily spend up to $2000 for the server and $500 for each HD client and $200 for each SD client. I could be convinced to spend more.

Only one box per TV. IOW, I don't want a separate satellite receiver, DVD player, media center interface, etc. All in one box.

Option to pay a little more for clients with DVD player/burners to be able to easily record content to DVD from any media on the server or network.

Ability to integrate a DVD changer into the server so that any DVD can be played from any client in the house.

Of course, make sure that the change supports BD or HD-DVD when available.

Ability to feed 8 clients minimum simultaneous.

Must support up to 4 simultaneous streams from the server to clients and have the ability to view live satellite in HD.

Server must have 4 sat tuners and 2 OTA tuners and be able to record 4 things simultanously.

Must have the ability to view photos and play MP3s from another shared computer on the network from any client.

Must have HDMI and component output on the HD clients.

Must have all the functionality of TiVo including guide/folders/season pass/wishlists

Basically, I want a complete media system that allows me to access any of my media from anywhere in the house. I gotta believe that there is hardware that is up to the task. With GB Ethernet and compression, that should be able to do it. Processing power is not an issue, just expense. We just need someone to step up and give us what we want.

Will this ever come to fruition?
So, in essence you are willing to spend about $6,000 for 8 clients.

I think with products currently on the market and some work you could cobble something together for that price.

Of course, having an "out of the box" solution would be much nicer. And I agree. I'd pay $6,000 for this too.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,071 Posts
mjwagner said:
During the 2005 CES Directv made a big splash about the Home Media Center resulting in months of talk and speculation on this and other discussion boards.

Now that the 2006 CES is over I have a simple question.

What happened to the Hopme Media Center. Not a peep out of Directv.

Anyone know what the deal is?
IMO, the reason that you saw noting was the new box, called "home media AV center 2 is being put together by NDS/Samsung and was talked over at "by invite"
only booth at a differant hotel location as CES......more here.............
http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=86467&WT.svl=wire1_1
;)
quote:The server has five tuners, a 300 GB hard drive for storage, IP connectivity, two USB 2.0 ports, router capabilities and VoIP. With the new server, consumers will be able to enjoy High Definition programming in multiple rooms, they can transfer content - such as video, music, games and photos - between the DVR and portable devices, and they can control a range of peripheral devices such as printers and security cameras.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
106 Posts
SpankyInChicago said:
So, in essence you are willing to spend about $6,000 for 8 clients.

I think with products currently on the market and some work you could cobble something together for that price.

Of course, having an "out of the box" solution would be much nicer. And I agree. I'd pay $6,000 for this too.
Well, I should have been specific and stated that the server itself should be able to also be a client. It should have HDMI and component out and have a DVD player/burner. That would cut down the total cost to about:

$2000 Server
$1000 2 - HD clients
$ 400 2 - SD clients
-------------
$3400

I would probably be willing to pay $6000 though if I knew it would work. As you mentioned, an "out of the box" solution is the way to go. I don't want some half-baked solution at that price.
 
1 - 13 of 13 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top