I can appreciate what you are saying Rich.
But WD is a USA-based company, so I doubt there would be a significant slowdown-- especially since the bricks that occurred happened immediately and continuously.
Now, they also must contend new devices on the horizon. I’ll be honest I am quite surprised to be a fan at all of any Western Digital product. I build computers for myself and friends, and up until 5 or 6 years ago or so I used them exclusively (WD drives). But I started get a few bad drives. Not too bad for me, but for friends… Forget it.
The well-regarded WDTV version 1 changed my view on WD. So, I buck up and get the Live. And except for it bricking, it’s been great. But what I am upset about is the squandered potential.
CES 2010 just happened. WDC did not showcase any media players. So, it will probably be the end of this year before they introduce anything new. (If they do, at all) But there are only a few possibilities of the ‘slowness’ of updates and features…
New unit under wraps- less resources and focus on WDTV Live.
No new unit under wraps- same #1 but WDC will quietly exit media player business.
Live is hard to program for reasons (Sigma SDK, not enough resources from WDC).
They are planning a massive update with everything over the next several months.
I don’t like those odds. I don’t like that their latest tweet has spotlight reviews from before Dec 7, 2009. I don’t like how there are no more communications after the bricking issue. If Western Digital is in this media player business to stay, they certainly are acting like they are not. Even if they have some super new WDC version of the upcoming Boxee or PopBox, who would buy it from them? Especially, if your Live bricked? I would not right now.
But maybe if they fixed bugs and updated features I would.