mythtv - commercial options?
I'm kinda wondering why no company has jumped onto mythtv to offer a decent home media box that's marketed to a wide audience.
Boxee has sort of tried to get into a commercial space, but it's still not really there - there's no recording option.
I'm coming from the angle of having built my own digibox effort - mythtv with boxee - record, stream, schedule - but on steroids. Totally networked, schedule via a browser if you want.
What the public want, as far as I'm concerned, is streaming AND recording. Most of the digital efforts of the Apple TV ilk have no recording capability. That means you need another device to do that for you. It gets complicated - too complicated.
It all needs to be done on one simple box, hook up via HDMI, wireless network, integrated.
A lot of people just don't have the broadband for an 'on demand' service and also want the freedom to record anything, anytime for later viewing.
I think what the big media companies are trying to do, is to phase out recording of content, so that they retain control, which means revenue streams. They are doing this by putting barriers in the way of commercial digibox offerings.
The public just don't want that.