I think it would be very enticing if Netgear could produce a product which had the power and capabilities (including HDMI 1.4a output) of the ASRock's High-End Vision 3D HTPC together with the exisiting NAS capability:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3954/asro ... c-reviewed
and preferably use a Sandybridge CPU for real-time transcoding:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3922/inte ... -exposed/6
saw a demo where Intel took a ~3 minute 1080p 30Mbps source video and transcoded it to a 640 x 360 iPhone video format. The total process took 14 seconds and completed at a rate of roughly 400 frames per second.
This way we would be using the same hardware for two purposes but only paying for it once (rather than buying a separate NAS and a separate streamer). Also since the media files would be stored inside the streaming device, there would be no issues with the bandwidth and reliability of the network between the NAS and the streamer. In addition it becomes possible to justify a better CPU for using in the device (than if you were buying two separate devices each requiring CPU, disk, memory, motherboard) which should make the NAS functions (such as Frontview) perform better than they do with a low-end processor like the Atom.