March : the PopBox (see http://www.popbox.com/)
April : Xtreamer Pro (see http://www.xtreamer.net/ )
May/June : Boxee Box (see http://www.boxee.tv/box)
Many of us are fed up with the WDTVLive’s slow response to the community’s improvement requests, and the lack of transparency in the development process. We’ve massively asked for DVD / BD Menu support and fixes for our networking, subtitle and synchronization issues. We got a YouTube update and a buggy beta that fixes about everything but what we were looking for.
Other boxes like AC Ryan POHD and ASUS OPlay also have massive FW issues of their own; the Xtreamer is too noisy and the good (more expensive) ones like PopCorn Hour have dull interfaces (no thumbnails browser)…
Hopes are high that these 3 new products will bring massive improvements.
I’ve installed Boxee on my PC and it looks great! The good thing is you can “try before you buy”, as the software runs on any PC/Mac/Linux. It does play everything, and also DVD ISOs with menus.
To end on a positive note, I’m relatively satisfied with the WDTVLive for what it can do. The device has great potential, it’s a shame that the WD development team is not capable of unleaching it. So if nothing else comes along in the next 3 months, I’ll be looking out for the best 2010 player on the market…