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Does anyone know if this will actually play your vidoes on the TV or if it just uses the TV for the menu.

Posted by ajax111 on December 6, 2006 at 4:32 AM (PDT) Comment 1

From their Quick Start Guide online:
The S-Video jack allows connection to a TV for viewing slideshows and video on your television (if your iPod supports these features).
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Playing and selecting videos is similar to playing and selecting songs. When you play a video, your video will be displayed on your TV (via the Dock’s S-Video connection) and your video’s details will be shown on the remote.

So it's for the normal video content. The menues don't appear to be displayed on the T.V. at all.

This poses an interesting connundrum. The ideal interface for me would be a dock with menues to the TV and an IR remote that uses standard-frequency signals such that my universal remotes (which send to a repeater via RF) can learn it. This would enable me to use the iPod with just my normal remote and still select video.

But the current choices are all RF plus:
Griffin/DLO: No TV menues for video content, but have it for audio.
ABT: No dock, not so great interface.
Keyspan: No TV menues, but full menuing via RF.

I think the Keyspan may be the best of the bunch, but it's a frustrating trade-off. It means I need two remotes, even though one is a universal.

Posted by TechnoCat on December 6, 2006 at 3:25 PM (PDT) Comment 2

TC, I hear what you're saying about the tradeoff, but I'm still liking the way it is for two scenarios:

1. If I want to change the song but am not in the room with the tv or if I have speakers in multiple rooms. Personally, I listen to music in my kitchen from the stereo in the den and like the idea of the screen on this remote.

2. There's a party or get togther and I don't want to have the TV on in order to change the song.

When the USB adaptor comes out, this will be even better. I can stream the music now from my desktop to my stereo and have complete control of it with the remote. It would be like a Sonos Lite as another person said. Check the specs:

http://keyspan.com/products/tvi200c/downloads/pdf/TVU-200C_v1.pdf

Posted by Bluebox on December 6, 2006 at 4:15 PM (PDT) Comment 3
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