Dakeb, I completely respect your view and you have every right to be unsatisfied with the product if you don’t like it or is doesn’t so what you want it to. There are plenty of things I think could certainly be improved on the HUB
That being said, I think it’s a great product. They way I see it, I paid less than $200, of which around half was for the drive inside. So for around $85 for the actual product, I got a device that plays my music and movies in multiple formats, both from the local drive as well as various places on my network, and provides me with a few online services that I use. Sure, everyone’s financial situation is different, but as a tech junkie myself, I just can’t see getting a much better product for that price. $85 to have moved my entire library of CDs, DVDs, Home Video, Home Photos able to play through my TV and Stereo is an unbelievable deal. Even with all the issues people here complain about (validly I might add), I easily got my money’s worth. We’re talking about less than one night out on the town at a decent restaurant. No complaints on value to me.
Secondly, why did you buy the product if you didn’t like the interface and it didn’t give you the online service (netflix) that you wanted? I did a bunch of research before my purchase, had a list of things I needed the box to do, read a lot of reviews, watched a bunch of youtube vids on the interface, and then, decided it was the right product for me. I needed it to play flac which is the format all my music is in. Had it not played flac, I wouldn’t own it. You had requirements that the box didn’t meet, why not just not buy it and or build something that did what you wanted? There are plenty of devices that will run netfix in the UK, it would seem that would have been a better purchase for you.
I in no way want to convince anyone that this is the product for them. You either like it cause it does what you want or it doesn’t. But you gotta question why buy something that isn’t what you want and doesn’t meet your needs?
Again, no dissrespect and feel free to complain or be unhappy, but since you have an internet connection, you can research any product you want before you buy it. Research is your friend in the new connected world. Find what you want, buy it and be happy. It makes life a lot better.