It's a shame Google is letting their only good GTV device go by the wayside. The GT1 is the only device that plays everything and plays it perfectly.
My new GS8 is crap in comparison. It doesn't output my Plex movies in 24p. The lack of DTS is obviously Sony not licensing it, but Google needs to get on the ball and let people buy licenses on the Play Store for their devices then. MPEG2, VC-1, and H264 are all mandatory on devices I invest in. Seems like VC-1 is still supported, and obviously everything uses H264. But MPEG2 is neglected like DTS. Then we get to HD audio support.
The GS8 stutters when it plays VC-1 with LPCM, and even worse I have 3d MVC H264 rips that play perfect on my GT1, albeit in 2d, but they are a stutter stepping mess because it seems to want to play both left and right eye streams. While it would be great to play it in 3d with the option of falling back to 2d, it should at least play the base stream right.
Any chance the Jellybean update will make the GS8 perform as good as the "old" GT1? Be nice if we could actually use the hardware we paid for since it should support every codec blu rays and network tv use.
I agree with the sadness of SageTV not being used. I have a network cable card tuner that barely gets any use. I never wanted to replace cable, I wanted GTV to replace my cable box (and blu ray player), not add one more plug into the wall.
Chromecast seems like a waste to me. Some apps already supported the notion and I'm not eager to have to carry around my phone to control my tv. I have a GTV remote for that. I'd rather the TV devs work on making GTV a full product, and the chrome devs to work on making Chrome on ARM not crash on my chromebook or crawl on my GNex.
Edit: I forgot to mention how every Netflix and Youtube (and amazon on the GS8) stream starts off at VCR quality and then adjusts to higher quality. This is on the GT1 and GS8 via gigabit ethernet connected to 50mpbs Comcast. Fixed in Jellybean?