I've had a good look at the forums over the last year and this iOS news has got me thinking again.
I don't want to get an HTPC, both because of the cost to purchase and the cost to run - the $169 price tag of the ATV2 is about right for my very tight budget!
I have looked at the WDTV Live products and although it is a great player, it doesn't have a library function which means I don't know what TV I've watched. I understand that XBMC is developing a version for the Sigma based devices and that maybe the next generation of WD units will have XBMC.
So my (ridiculous) wish list:
Can run XBMC (I like the interface and the Library)
Affordable - under $200
Cheap to run - I worked out my PC on all the time would cost around $250 per year!
Can plug a USB drive directly into it
HDMI output. I don't have 1080p content but things change! The 720x576i from my XBox just doesn't cut it any more.
Network available - My PC/Laptop can retrieve and save files to the drive via the network (like WDTV box).
Not bothered about wi-fi or streaming content directly off the net - or access to other premium TV providers.
So does this dream really exist?