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I am actually pretty excited about the on-live service and really think it is the right way for gaming to move. If you don't know anything about it check out www.onlive.com

When I look at the Online TV console I do see some other possibilities though, for example a truly awesome thin client for RDP or similar. This would be especially awesome if you can get a hold or reverse engineer their propitiatory video codec to be encoded server side.

Anyone see someone tear down the hardware yet to see whats inside?

Anyone catch some groups interested in achieving something like this?

    
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How would it act as a thin client?

I thought it just decoded a compressed video stream.
    
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Well that is basically what a thin client is. It takes the processing power of a remote computer to display an image and takes the inputs from a user at a remote location. Its a video stream that you interact with.

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Originally Posted by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thin_client
A thin client (sometimes also called a lean or slim client) is a computer or a computer program which depends heavily on some other computer (its server) to fulfill its traditional computational roles.

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Well that is basically what a thin client is. It takes the processing power of a remote computer to display an image and takes the inputs from a user at a remote location. Its a video stream that you interact with.
That does make sense.

The thin clients I worked with previously ran a thin client OS locally while still interacting with a remote server for some tasks. I was not thinking about completely removing the processing to a server and using the thin client as I/O.

I was stuck thinking the HW would be specialized for efficient decoding and not necessarily for other tasks, but like you said, that is basically what it is designed to handle.

What would make this better than a basic thin client?
    
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You can buy the technology today for home/enterprise LAN use:
http://www.evga.com/articles/00448/
http://www.teradici.com/pcoip/pcoip-technology.php

I beleive the latency is something like 30ms?
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Yes I have seen some of the current thin clients like the EVG type unit but at that cost it seems to rather silly you don't just go into the direction of a small computer. Most other clients like that also seem to cost around the same. The key with the on-live unit that got me excited is the $99 price tag. I guess a similar product would be something like the apple TV also at $99.
    
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