Registered: Jul 2001
Originally posted by TiVoBill
Again, have you tried [MP3s via TiVo]? As I'm sure you can imagine, most of our customers don't have their computer connected to their stereo system. Home Media Option allows them to finally listen to all that music on their computers in the comfort of their living room through an easy to use interface.
I just feel compelled to comment on this particular statement.
First of all, the assumption that I watch TV in my living room is flawed. I do not. I watch TV in my family room, which is a different room entirely from my living room. In fact, its my family room where all the home theatre gear lives, along with TiVo. It is here that we watch TV and movies. We do NOT listen to music in this room. Ever.
In my living room, we have another modest stereo system, through which we do listen to music. TiVo and HMO don't help me here at all. What does help me here is an Audiotron, which connects to my LAN and this stereo and allows me to play my MP3s where I listen to music.
I'm not bashing HMO. In fact, I am eager to see HMO developed and improved. I signed up for the free trial. I am curious to see how it works; free is good. Viewing pictures might be nice, who knows. And there are other aspects of HMO that I might use or want to use someday (like remote scheduling, but not MRV since I have only one TiVo) and that I'd like to see added (like the ability to view video stored on my LAN through TiVo).
The point is that the assumption that a platform used primarily for watching TV programs is not necessarily ideal for every other "media" type (like music). Just because you can do it doesn't make it a good thing. And the further assumption that TiVo is the one and only "hub" for entertainment in someone's home (someone, btw, who is among a group of "well heeled, early adopter" types) is just misguided.
Sorry, but this sort of thing is a pet peeve of mine: Taking a perfectly good device that does a particular thing really well and adding unrelated functionality because you can but in not quite the best way usually ends up with a feature laden gadget that's too complicated to use.
Hmm. Seems this turned into a rant. Sorry. Had to get it off my chset though.
Mark H. Granoff
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