What? Give the other v2 Extender partners what they need to know in order to develop a product that you will be buying. Quickly, here is what I see as a few problems that need to be improved on.
Wireless option, not default. I’ve got CAT5 throughout the house, no need for wireless. Not the mention that Microsoft suggests a hardwired connection for the best experience.
Gigabit. Why not? 10/100 might be fast enough, but especially on higher priced models people just expect it now.
Looks. It’s got to be pretty, for whatever reason that attracts people. I don’t want much, but it doesn’t seem that most like the options out there now.
File format support. Most chipsets that are going to be involved already support decoding of VC-1, H.264, and MPEG-4 ASP. Please make sure different containers like AVI, MP4, and MKV are supported.
DVD streaming. I think this is a mix between Microsoft on the platform side and the hardware partners. Anyway, know that your customers want it! VIDEO_TS playback at a reasonable price and I’ll sell you a couple hundred in the first few hours.
Price. Standalone Extenders without DVD drives should be $150-$200 (clear cheaper, if it can be done). I think $150 is really the sweet-spot where you get people to purchase multiple units. Once you hit $300 a DVD drive better be included, else very few are going be see it as a value over other options.
Anyone got anything else? A knock out option would be to have a cheap Chinese manufacturer do an HD DVD (or Blu-ray) player with an Extender.