I was able to get a full demo of a system called kaleidescape last week, and boy there are some features that would be really cool to have in dvdlobby.
1. multizone control simplified
2. ability to pause movie and pick it up at that point at any location in the house. (watch beginning in theater room click stop, goto bedroom and pick up where i left off on the bedroom system)
3. one button addition of movies to the server which in the same step picks up all data, coverart, etc.
I've spent the week digging into network dvd players to try and build myself a kaleidescape system on the cheap. So far as I can tell the network dvd players use a 'pull' system to grab the video from the server. This means I'm stuck with whatever software is installed on the network dvd player, and from the models I've seen they're pretty lame. I've made numerous phonecalls to their tech depts but have not gotten an answer as to whether they can work via a 'push' method where the server 'pushes' whatever video stream is requested. That would then seem to allow me to use any frontend software I'd like to such as dvdlobby.
I know it's not fair comparing a 30k system to a >100 product, but man the differences were oustanding. With no exception every single feature that I've requested over the years and most other requests on this board are already built into their system so at least we know it's possible.
Are there any plans at all in the works to get the dvdlobby product up to spec with these type of features?
Has anyone tried using a network dvd player with dvdlobby to see if what I'm talking about is possible with dvdlobby?