Well I guess it could be that firmware in first batch of devices has been installed like more than a month ago, or even two months ago when the first batch of devices were built at the factory in Hungary. That could be why a firmware update to be released soon will fix many things (as far as I understand from Hi-Jack's posts)
Sure h264 is sad. There will probably come a DP-602 or DP-600bis quite soon. At the Siemens stand at CeBIT I interview Siemens about their Sigma chip H264 HD video-on-demand boxes: http://cebitvideo.com/?p=35
So if it is true that H264 Sigma chip is working, I guess it should not be far away in the future that KiSS should integrate that and release a DP-602. KiSS salesman at CeBIT told me it was unfortunate the name DP-700 was released 6 months ago, it will probably not be with the DP-700 name but rather a DP-600 subtle name-change somehow, I am guessing DP-602.
Integration of the H264 chip, testing, production and all that could I guess also take many months. I guess it will come for when the device is starting to be sold in mass-market scale, for all those US and Worldwide consumers who have a HDTV which they would like to have some solutions for displaying HD content on. And when you sell for mass-market and you are sponsored by Cisco, you will rather want to be totally future proof. For now KiSS is selling the DP-600 only to the early adopters, those are also the kind of consumers who can possibly exchange the device using ebay or otherwise if they really want to update to DP-602 if that is to be released within a few months.
I've been reading in the forum here for an hour, and I can't find if someone has done some DivX Advanced Simple Profile testing.. Does Qpel and GMC work without problem? How about such old encodes as DivX 3.11 and divx-audio? Does that work at up to 1080p resolution?
I am interested to know about if theese things work with new firmware:
- Playback of HDV from external usb2 harddrive (25mbit/S 1080i mpeg2) , both NTFS and whatever harddrive formatting
- Playback of HD DivX from external usb2 harddrive
- If usb-hub can be used to connect more than 1 harddrive per usb2-host plug
- If Playback of HDV from DVD disc can work. I don't understand why there would not be at least 25mbit/s bandwidth from DVD drive
- WMV DRM issue is interesting to see if will be fixed.. I'm sure though WMV DRM must work since there should be lots of Video-On-Demand for this box soon which much of will probably be WMV DRM, and also WMV HD DRM..
I wonder how big a problem it will be about the HDCP HDMI output for DRMed and other encrypted content, or just for playing back the normal commercial DVDs.. And if there is a problem, if there will be a trick to get this to work. Cause if not what I understand is that people with old non-HDCP HDTVs would need to use the component cables, and that is not as good as HDMI..
Anyways this player is one of the first to utilize the HDMI features and respect the new Hollywood copy-protection stuff for HD content isn't it?
I got lots of other questions about this, also lots about how the VOD will work. I am hoping also somehow that this hardware will get firmware feature to use as http://getdemocracy.com
client with an external usb2 harddrive to store the VOD. Cause I hope someday users of this hardware will for example be able to download all my HD videos from http://cebitvideo.com
directly onto the device with an external usb2 harddrive without the need of using a computer. So I am hoping Torrent client and RSS channel subscription will be possible.
Then hopefully the MediaMate will sell for 100€ pretty soon and the mass-market will get that one, maybe through subsidizing from operator. And will even be able to download World Cup matches in high definition on-demand with it..
IPTV and Network PVR features like the Siemens H264 boxes
sure also looks cool, and so I wonder when those features will work on the new KiSS box. Network PVR features means you can store and access IPTV recordings on your network, external usb2 harddrive or at PVR storage disc space that you rent with your operator! Or even that the operator will store all the IPTV programs from all channels on their servers, depending on rights, and you will be able to access all the content on-demand even if you didn't schedule your Network PVR to record it.