Overall, I like the Philips RC9800i it has a nice design and initial product design.
Area of improvements:
1.Infra Read or wireless computer control, I have lotís of photo and video files stored in the computers and I have my computer connected to my TV, and in order to control the TV playback I need to buy another an IR or wireless control device (Logitech) and then teach the RC9800i all the codes. My Point is if you already have access to the computer and list of files in the remote then when selecting a file you should have an option to play it at the source computer by it being lunched from the media manager into default player.
Currently you can only use the remote to browse photos and videos but not to play them (which makes it useless). I think that the remote should serve as a kind of preview device you browse the picture on the remote and then hit play and bum the picture is on the TV screen, same thing with the movies.
In my opinion this is the biggest drawback of the product, and it would be so easy to implement.
2.Closer integration with PVR and guide. The remote provides a guide but the only thing you can do with it is to press watch, the remote should have a better integration to record future shows by passing the show name to pvr (tivo) and have it manage the scheduling, season pass, etc.
3.Customization of the remote by computer (as in pronto)
4.Make Room selection easier right now you have to go back to the start screen and then select another room, you should be able to click the room and dropdown should appear prompting you to select a room
I agree on the first issue; however, if you purchase (and I forgot which one) one of the philips streaminum boxes and set it up to your TV, you can push the pictures and vidoes you browse from the RC9800i to your TV. It would be a better solution then to keep your computer running all the time, especially if you use a NAS device with Twonky Vision (a third party UPnP media server software which allows to install on a NAS).
I have actually used this device to show many friends and family my pictures and think it works well to view on the RC9800i. I also love to stream MP3's to my stereo.
2. this would be nice to have 3. in my opinion, this is the must have future feature of the RC9800i. You don't need as much customization as the pronto, just the ability to rename buttons AND add/delete buttons to the activity screens. 4. this would be nice as well
I'll add one which I would like to have also -- the ability to play streaming music from networks such as shoutcast. Twonky Vision media server software can push shoutcast to any UPnP device that can read it!! This would be awesome!
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Nos 3 and 4 are the must haves for me. If Philips could sort these in the next firmware upgarde then this remote would be 'almost' ideal for me.
Another suggestion would be to be able to use a 'streamed' image as the background for device pages. That one should also be real easy to do.
I also have a RU980 and an iPronto and whilst I love both of those and recognise they are quite a bit more powerful, I also have to recognise that each of those have taken weeks, if not months, to get setup correctly with all graphics, screen links etc. My new RC9800i was up and running and controlling all my kit correctly within about 3 hours.
And now I understand the limitations of it I have to say I am pretty impressed and the 'intelligence' it has to know what kit is on, off etc. is pretty impressive for a wizard driven setup.
Oh, and this is the only remote that allows me to listen to my MP3 music through the remote itself whilst controlling other kit. A gimmick yes, but still very cool.
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