babbage wrote:Pi+ Raspbmc + TV catchup and you have 90% of the functionality for 10% of the price.
£299 is too expensive for me ( but around the same price as Humax and other PVR's I've seen ), but I'm not convinced you'll get a comparable product using an R-Pi for £30.
Though the full spec hasn't been released, it would be interesting if someone really did cost out what a useful and viable PVR would be. I'd say that has to be boxed with self-contained PSU, twin HD tuners, 500GB, IR remote ( and/with IR keyboard ), CE compliant, warranty, cables.
Ignoring licensing costs I suspect that wouldn't be far short of £200. Costs could be trimmed if using an own built PCB with Broadcom SoC on-board as trying to wedge an actual R-Pi into any product adds otherwise unnecessary difficulties and costs.
If someone did try to make a commercial offering rather than a 'for hobbyists' solution ( where everything costs 'nothing' or pennies on ebay from some dodgy supplier ) there's the extra costs of running a company, tech support and actually having/contracting staff to maintain and resolve things when problems emerge. The OSH/OSS notion of relying on goodwill alone to get things fixed can undermine any commercial venture.
There's a lot of 'the R-Pi could do that' talk out there which often seems bordering on fanboyism to me so it would be interesting to see how it does measure up.