In fact, why build MP at all given we have MCE?Meat_PoPsiclez said:Why compete?
To answer your question, I don't think we have much choice.
I'm guessing that due to the common interface, Media Center Extenders have stuff that is very specific to MCE while still using uPnP as the protocol. Some things would be easy to translate, other might not and "break" the interface (for example using the TV Guide on an extender would be very difficult to sync with MP). Also I'm fairly sure MS wouldn't be too happy about someone reverse engineering them (if only by reading the XML) to connect them to a competing product. In any event, I wouldn't know cause you can't get Extenders where I am
But the idea is to make MP operate something like a Media Center Extender - run it and you can access anything from any other instance of MP on the network. I'm actually looking at uPnP for the protocol as all the dedicated music boxes (not just media center extenders) seem to be using it. If that means an extender can connect to it, then cool. I'll check out the Intel site - thanks.