HomeSync

Build your own cloud for $300

The Samsung HomeSync can now be yours, provided you live in the US and have $300 to spend. We first saw the media-center slash network storage device back at Mobile World Congress in February, and we're a bit intrigued. 

Picture a Chromecast crossed with a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device, like a Drobo, that's attached directly to your TV. You can play all your Google Play content, like movies and music, as well as upload your own media to the device's 1TB worth of storage. It runs it's own version of TouchWiz, and has full support for other apps via Google Play.

You use your Samsung Android device as the remote, and you have your stuff on your big screen. The HomeSync can synchronize with up to eight different accounts as well, so you don't have to add your wife's Celine Dion songs to your Google account. 

The HomeSync retails for $299.99 at Amazon. It's a bit expensive, but it looks very convenient for folks who aren't into fiddling around with network devices and hard drives. We've got one on the way and we'll take a long hard look at it.

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Samsung HomeSync now available in the US

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It actually seems to be a pretty cool idea. Would love to get one, but I don't have money to be spending on every new thing. I like the idea of having a SmartTV without paying a huge amount for one, plus having the storage space on the device seems cool.

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For those that are wondering about this:
Audio and Video
Video Format: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, 3GP, WMV, AVI,
Video Resolution: 1080p
Video Frame Rate: 60fps
Audio Format: MP3, ACC, M4a, 3GPP, WAV, OGG, MP4

Notice, no .MKV video format currently supported. It also supports WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz), Wifi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC Tag

No lossless support combined with TouchWiz...I wouldn't use it if it were given to me.

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Looks like a great idea. I'm going to wait until either the price drops or next year's model comes out.

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U can get a western digital one for 100 to 300 bucks with 3 tbs on it and a wide range of video format..samsung is garbage

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Well, there you have it folks. Per Mr. Gwap, the Samsung Homesync is officially obsolete, lol. /sarcasm /sarcasm

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For $300, I'll just continue to use my Chromecast, for streaming, and my laptop, for playback of local content.

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Same boat, brother. I refuse to pay for cable, so I use my laptop to stream all of the sports I watch, especially football.

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Yeah that's kind of the problem these things face, the value proposition just isn't there... The average consumer just doesn't care about what it can do compared to one of the dozens of <$100 streaming boxes and devices, and the enthusiast will either just go for a higher end DVR/TiVo/HTPC that can do all this plus more or they'll go the cheap route and use the phone/laptop/tablet they have.

Plus the most important thing with these devices is often the usability factor rather than specs... Any laptop and even many mobile devices can play an MKV, they can be a bit of a kludge compared to a TV remote, but a lot of these things are even worse. DNLA, MHL, Miracast, WDi or a good old HDMI cable end up being the simpler route... Nobody's figured the right mix of features, UI, connectivity, and input device for this class of device.

I don't think anyone's even gotten close tbh, though content providers are just as much to blame for that, it's a nightmare puzzle... I'm pretty skeptical the people who us TouchWiz have made any inroads in this regard. Their recent attempts at mixing cameras with Android show an equal lack of creativity, which is such a shame because the combined potential of Samsung's various hardware divisions is so huge...

Kinda reminds me of the Sony from a while ago, to an extent.

I don't get these devices and the high prices. Definitely aimed at the uninformed purchasers. I would just go on Craigslist and buy an old dell optiplex sff with core i3 for $150, throw in a cheap low profile hdmi card for $20 and I'm all set.

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No... You could very well be streaming local content from a PC (or a DVR, like the expander boxes some TV providers sell), tho I think no one would be dumb enough to release something like this in this day and age without Netlix and the sort.

Samsung only killed the extremely small amount of interest I had in this product.

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If you have a smart tv, and already have storage on your network, how exactly does this differ in bringing other services?

I think that Microsoft was going down the correct path for a while with Media Center.
I want one central location and one box that holding and receiving everything. This computer has the cable or satellite connection going to it. It's doing the recording. It's saving pictures. It's doing the heavy lifting for game playing.

Then I have dumber devices sitting on my desk or at the television that's receiving the content where I need it.

Media Center was going down this road and almost had satellite support as well until Directv backed out.

This way I'm only looking at one box to upgrade. One place where the files are (not including disaster recovery). And yes, it would create a single point of failure, but I can count the number of times I had a critical computer failure in the last 10 years on one hand and still have fingers left over. And with devices like the Drobo where I could run Raid 5 the lost of data would be almost non-existent. Any other device that fails would be replaced via warranty or purchase of that component (which in most cases would cost less then replacing one of these if it went bad).

Media Center and Windows Home Server fizzled out too soon... That kinda approach would be an interesting contrast to the cloud driven approach that dominates these days (and I've got nothing against the cloud). I think today's MS would've probably thrown more money at those projects, and/or integrated them... But the Xbox was probably more lucrative in the living room and WHS never had any real marketing (and enthusiasts mostly just roll their own).

I know a ton of small businesses that would be better off with WHS than a NAS and a few still clinging to their WHS. Biggest issue for any living room component is still the content access and user facing side, and nobody's really cracked that puzzle. MC was a great concept from an enthusiast point of view but rather pointless compared to a Tivo or a decent DVR from the average consumer's point of view...

Who knows, maybe it takes a dark horse (Valve) approaching the problem from a familiar angle (gaming) with high end and commodity hardware alike (PCs and streaming boxes) but with a completely off kilter wrench in the workings (Linux-based SteamOS). Tbh I don't have high hopes but it has some parallels to the way Android came about... Their ace in the hole is obviously that they're already a dominant content provider for gaming...