Will 2007 be the year of the Digital Media Receiver?
Apple’s going to do it with iTV. Intel’s Viiv certifying hardware for it Sling Media is announcing the SlingCatcher. Microsoft has been doing it with Media Center Extender and Xbox 360. NetGear is getting (back) into it. Will this be the year of the DMR? Probably not, but some big names are getting into the fray/renewing efforts.
The challenge is how do you get to a unified view of your family photos, music, video, and recorded TV regardless of which set your on in the home. Lots of effort in the NAS server space, and I’d expect some additional announcements to make the content easier to distribute, including HP’s new Windows Home Server. Still, there’s a LOT of work that has to be done for setup and connectivity across the industry. HDMI makes this much easier but not many consumers have TV’s with HDMI, while others have to figure out how to route video to the TV and audio to the AV receiver while getting it all to work well together (hint: start with a Harmony remote from Logitech- I just got a Harmony 890 for the holidays, more on that later).
I’m pretty frustrated right now because BOTH of my Samsung Blackjack batteries fully burned out last night and won’t trickle charge. There should be an “emergency reserve” button on the batteries themselves. Serves me right for forgetting my AC power cable…
My wild prediction for today: Apple will announce the iTV as an actual HDTV w/ the hardware built-in. They’ll do this before releasing a set-top style product. That and perhaps Flash gaming support on the iPod.