Gateway Networked DVD Player

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by BrianEWilliams, Jul 8, 2003.

  1. http://www.gateway.com/home/products/hm_cnndvd_ethernet_proddetail.shtml

    This DVD player connects to a network, and then you can use it to
    watch video and listen to music that is stored on other connected
    computers.

    One apparent drawback is the lack of WMV support, although it says WMA
    is supported. I would like to be able to use Snapstream to record
    shows in WMV, and then use the Gateway DVD player to view these shows
    elsewhere in the house. This would mean I don't have to buy another
    TiVo.

    I am guessing Gateway will add WMV support in the future, so I will
    probably hold off on buying one for a bit.

    I wonder if this player could be configured to watch media stored on
    the Internet. Then you could watch shows recorded on your home
    computer while on vacation. You could also run a little
    Internet-based video station.

    What would be really cool is an open-source box that does this,
    although open-source user-interfaces usually blows. I guess writing
    the cool code is more interesting than the drudgery of writing the
    interface.
     
    BrianEWilliams, Jul 8, 2003
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  2. BrianEWilliams

    al kieda Guest

    Check out this DVD player from Oritron.
    http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=90123771&loc=111
    It doesn't say WMV specifically, but it claims to do DivX
     
    al kieda, Jul 9, 2003
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  3. The Gateway also requires special server software on the host
    computer. I would just set ZoneAlarm to allow their server software
    access to the local network, but not access to the internet. I
    believe I could also use my Linksys router/firewall to deny internet
    access to the DVD player. I wonder if you can set the DVD player to
    be a fixed IP address on the network?

    Furthermore, if a big company like Gateway was planting spyware in
    their software, they would risk a big public relations uproar, and for
    what real purpose?
     
    BrianEWilliams, Jul 10, 2003
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