PCWorld.com - Sharp Puts Its PC in the Living Room
Let's also look at the pricing factors:
For $39 you can buy a DVD player.
For $99 you can buy a PVR.
For $99 you can get a multi-room DirecTV installation WITH PVR.
For $399 you can buy a new PC.
For $3150 you can buy this new Sharp PC (of course it comes with a nice-looking LCD TV, probably worth about 2/3 of the total price of the unit)
Here's the central issue to me: In the first scenario, if anything goes wrong, I can replace one item very very inexpensively. In the second scenario, when I have a problem, everything stops working!
I'm a huge fan of convergence as a concept, but only when it makes a lot of sense from a price, reliability, and usability point of view.
Read the review at PCWorld.com