”The box unit still encodes analog content as MPEG2, like the current units, but it supports playback of advanced codecs such as MPEG4 AVC/H.264. This will open up the possibilities of broadband content using more efficient codecs, including HD downloads.”
Previous models had USB and ethernet, which this also features, as well as several methods for video output for varied display hardware. One thing the blog mentions is that the external drive connector for SATA isn't designed to be brought to other machines, instead being maybe a fluid part of the filesystem, so that pulling the drive may result in the loss of content not entirely stored on it, nor would you be able to view content on other computers.
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