I also ordered a Simple.tv on the last woot off and have not received one yet.
>>What operating system does the Simple.TV STV-1000 itself run ? Is it Gnu/Linux ?
Need to confirm, it is some flavor or BSD or Linux (Yes, I realize there is a big difference between the two)
>> Why will a flash drive not work ? I know a USB hard disk drive is required.
It's not so much that a flash drive won't work, as much as it's difficult to qualify flash drives given that you can see difference performance levels in the same model of flash drive. That said, high speed flash drives from a major vendor do usually work without issue but aren't officially supported.
>> Does the Simple.TV STV-1000 loose all functionality if there is no internet connection but I have local area network ( my local net ) ?
You'd be able to continue watching whichever show or program you were watching when the Internet dropped but wouldn't be able to start anything new given that all of the EPG and program data is stored server side. We're looking into a way to have a failsafe that would at least allow playback of recorded content but that won't be available in the near future.
>> What happens if I connect to the Simple.TV STV-1000 box by entering the IP address into a web browser ?
Not much. ;)
>> Is silverlight required on the viewing device ?
Yes, although we've exposed an HTML 5 option in Safari on Mac that you can play with.
>> Is adobe flash required on the viewing device and if so what version ?
>Web browsers are supported such as Chrome. Google TV includes a Chrome browser with adobe flash and html5 compatibility for video play back so will that work ?
No - not yet at least.
>>What role does the internet web site play (simple.tv ) in administering my videos ? My I also administer my videos ( such as add or delete tv programs, schedule to record ) locally by connecting to the device itself ?
All of the program data (guide, etc) is online. Your actual recordings are stored on the local hard drive. When you connect to the website to watch content online, the pages you see rendered are coming from our servers and only the content in the video player window is coming from your local Simple.TV (unless you're outside the local network)
>>I understand we will possibly in the future be able to download recorded content in a playable format. Are there any plans to also incorporate the ability to upload content to the Simple.TV STV-1000
Discussion more than plans, there are already some great solutions for making personal media available so at least for the moment it's not something you'll see with Simple.TV. (Although I do look forward to being able to add my own videos to the library in the future).
- Patrick @ STV