Google TV Day 4
Well, things are looking up somewhat.
DLNA...turns out the unit does support DLNA via the media player...which is great...the downside is it apparently is very limited in it's support of formats...so while I can browse my playon menu structure and even the windows media sharing content...that I turned on for the GTV device...really can't play any videos. through the WM sharing, I can open photos and music though..though it doesn't recognize my WM playlists. oddly..the media player still...what a year this has been out...says it's beta...all in all right now the xbox handles this much better, so I really don't get any benefit using the GTV.
Netflix...while it works, again is one of those things that doesn't hold a candle to the much nicer xbox netflix app. basically is a lot like the menu system on my bluray player. quality wise it seems about the same as the xbox, though while I was able to successfully watch a 56min comedy show, when I watched a standard length movie, the thing decided to konk out at about 15 min left in the movie...and I couldn't get it to play reliably after that to finish the movie...though I went straight to the comedy show after that without rebooting or anything, and that worked without issue.
PlayOn...while my initial try with this was a bit problematic, the second time around I didn't have the live tv window going, and while the web based menu system was clunky...I was able to browse through, and watch some shows. again, still much easier than the xbox...though the dlna interface is much better, so if they got the video format issues worked out, the playon interface would be equivalent to the xbox.
Device Control - this is for me one of the standout out features right now...after day one, of playing with the keyboard they include with the GTV, I put the thing behind the TV so the 3 year old couldn't get to it and used the android phones to control everything. The nice thing here is you can pair up a bunch of android devices with the GTV, and basically use any one of them to control the device at any time. and there's just something about controlling the whole thing with my android phone that hits the geek nerve...still trying to train the wife to use it but on the plus side, the 3 year old is already trained to not touch our phones. The down side where it again seems like an unfinished device let down, is that neither the GTV or Logitech android apps are 100% what you need to control things. the GTV apps is the one we're using most of the time right now, as it simply opens a remote window to control things, but you still have to use the harmony or something to turn it all on. that and a few missing functions make it less than ideal. the Logitech app on the other hand has most of the functions you need...though not as well laid out, imo, as the GTV app, but it does allow you to turn off the few deice the GTV supports...tv, stereo and cable box. but if you have the harmony remote around...which you still kinda need since the GTV doesn't' completely replace it, it can get confusing if someone turns everything on with the harmony, and then you want to control things with the Logitech app, cause as with the harmony, the app requires you to select the GTV activity before if shows you the remote functions...which then turns everything off. Sadly, this has the potential and capabilities to be an awesome harmony setup if they'd only finish the device and app.