I’ve been so wrapped up in Extenders that I failed to realize a few other things. The expensive D-Link doesn’t list MPEG-4 AVC support! Only MPEG-4 ASP (DivX/XviD). While it has been known that exact formats are up to OEMs, this is crazy. The hardware that the D-Link should be based on supports H.264. Little reason to not support in the $350 standalone Extender.
I’m going to try and check to make sure that’s not a typo, but this launch of Extenders has just been a complete and total failure. The official Microsoft FAQ says “View videos stored on your PC on your TV, including home movie capabilities, complete with music and subtitles, and support for high definition WMV, DivX, Xvid and H.264 MPEG4.” So I don’t even know anymore. Doing some checking.
Buy.com has their Home Server page up now $194.24 with shipping. I think I’ll pass on that one too. We Got Served has more, but so far I’m less than impressed here too. Sure, OEM copies of any OS are not targeted at the average consumer, but while Windows Home Server works great I don’t think it is worth $175-$195 plus the cost of a PC and hard drives. The average price seems to be about $175, but I really think $125 is about the most I would pay for the OEM OS.