I have a lot of media. I own several thousand DVDs and Blu rays. I have collected a lot of media from the internet. I prefer to OWN (and store) the media I have. I don’t like Netflix and I don’t like Hulu. These aren’t solutions for me. I am paying a lot of money a month for a fast internet connection and I have a lot of stuff I’m storing on my own – not the cloud. I don’t want to have to UPLOAD my stuff to the cloud to get it …. I AM my own cloud.
… and I’m not alone. Millions of others prefer to buy, store, rip and maintain their own private collections – for a variety of reasons (see my article on Digital Distribution for my thoughts). Unfortunately, the issue with being your own cloud …? Companies aren’t interested in writing top quality software to let you access it. Your options tend to rely on some proprietary media friendly NAS (like a Synology Diskstation) which suffers from fairly immature software on mobile devices or some sort of specialized delivery system for ONE component of your media (like Subsonic; great music gateway – poor video gateway).
Worse yet, if you plan to SHARE your content with family and friends? A whole new can of worms is opened.
Take all of these issues and then try to solve ubiquitous playback from TV, web, phone and tablet? This has been a pipe dream for some time.