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EMCgenius
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EMCgenius   10/19/2012 12:39:46 AM
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Nothing was said about antenna implementation. A trace along the side of the PCB will have miserable performance, like the teensy WiFi adapter here on my desk that won't connect to the wireless router farther than about 3 feet away. Unless there is an external antenna jack, this little guy will be nearly deaf to over the air broadcast.

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Bert22306   10/18/2012 5:44:03 PM
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Why ad-free? It's not ad-free. In the US, at least, there are many sites that provide TV content, either for a fee or with ads. The major TV networks themselves each have a web site, where you can catch up on any shows. And other sites, like Hulu, offer content from many different networks, as well as movies, either for free (regular Hulu) or for a fee (Hulu Plus). The problem is, so-called "connected TVs" sold here in the US don't allow access to just any site.

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vapats   10/18/2012 1:23:18 PM
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I must emphatically agree. I have a nice little $200 HanTek USB DSO, and it works great -- except for the bugs. What a pity. No chance wrt upgrades or firmware fixes; the product was abandoned as soon as it was sold. I hate to say it, but this is all too typical of Chinese products: they will produce the "flavor of the week" ASAP, but there is zero commitment to building brands, trust, and reputation. I can no longer tolerate this get-rich-quick business model.

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Battar   10/18/2012 7:48:37 AM
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One of the problems not being addressed here is the fall-off in profitability of TV broadcasting. If you-all are watching ad-free content streamed from the web, who's financing TV productions?

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kaydub   10/17/2012 8:10:03 PM
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Control can be a problem; goofy small keyboards and air mouse combinations. Excellent opportunity for a real motion pointer with RF or low power Bluetooth and large, on screen keyboard. The stick solutoin vendor that can get this human interface right and provide a bug free product will do very well in this new market. They are also cheap (I see $50-80 range per stick)

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kaydub   10/17/2012 8:04:28 PM
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Favi Entertainment has a SmartStick running Android JellyBean. I just ordered one to play with. Dune has announced one for US market. Of course there is the Roku stick as well so that's three vendors right there. Infinitec has shown one on Kickstarter so there is four. Plus the ones mentioned above...

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jameszhou2000   10/17/2012 7:02:44 PM
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It looks similar. Google TV is supposed to be the high end version of smart TV which has better graphics, better CPU power to handle complicated apps, and web browsing, advanced voice/video interaction etc. The android on a stick might be considered as the lower end “smart TV” and it actually makes non-smart TVs smart by combining smart functions into an HDMI input to traditional TVs. These sticks just use basic configuration of Android platforms. It should be able to handle video streaming, some connectivity functions, simple apps, and web browsing. If the app like Netflix is really smooth, I think it will have a good chance to attract more users. if it works, this can replace the streaming boxes like Roku, and perhaps taking over some smart-TV market share. But advanced smart functions such as gesture recognition, voice control etc., might not be possible to be implemented on the stick.

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Duane Benson   10/17/2012 5:19:23 PM
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David - The buggy software is the problem that I would be concerned about. When making something simple, like plug it into a monitor and go, buggy software just doesn't cut it. Bad software makes it the type of product you can find on a shelf at Fry's or some other electronics store where most of the boxes have a sticker on them indicating that it's been purchased and returned.

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Jhallwachs   10/17/2012 5:02:29 PM
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How is this different than Google-TV ... ?

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dblaza1   10/17/2012 4:02:53 PM
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Bought one of these in Shenzhen in June at the Huaqiangbei electronics market, it runs Android and works fairly well but the software is buggy, surprised that these haven't sold in large numbers here yet. I blogged on it here: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-blogs/techtropolis/4375548/Experiencing-the-Chinese-supply-chain--up-close-and-personal?pageNumber=2

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