I bought DVD Fab Gold, a life time subscription at the time, some years ago. I wanted to be able to save my DVD collection to a format that would not become obsolete as had happened with my VCR collection. I connected a desktop computer to my television and could watch my movies on the big screen. Not very elegant, somewhat awkward, but it was a solution.
With one of the many DVD Fab versions was a offer for a Vidon-me set top box. It seemed to be the perfect answer to what I was looking for. I went on the Vidon-me forum and read all the comments. The product seemed to plagued with problems. The AV200 came out and the comments were still not positive.
I researched a number of products. Basically they were all the same. They would let me access the web and stream content. My Blu-ray DVD player lets me do that. I wanted to play the content off my own hard drive with simple, easy to use controls. The Vidon-me box appeared to do just that. So I ignored all the bad press and bought myself a AV200 for Christmas.
I received the box early in January. While waiting, I purchased a 3 TB drive and copied all my movies to it. I started hooking it up only to discover the instruction were minimal, written by engineers for people who understand computers. After a lot of trial and error and some help from Ashley at product support I finally got everything working. It was perfect, did just what I had hoped it would. There were a few glitches in the software, some features didn't work exactly as they should but overall, great. Then came a software update, the world came crashing down on me. Features that had worked before didn't, closed captioning which I have to have, I'm almost deaf, no longer worked and I discovered the dreaded "dead brick".
Ashley and I e-mailed almost daily for about a month until, at my own expense, I shipped the box back to China. Ashley offered to refund my money and I said no. I wanted a replacement. She promptly sent me one, a couple weeks later I received a second one. I'm a nice guy, but I wasn't going to pay the freight to ship it back so now I have two. Each successive update has solved some problems and created others. Each overall better than the last. At this point I don't think anything was wrong with the first box, it was software issues.
The bottom line is the company is great, they have a great product in development. Ask a question and you get a prompt reply. Have a problem and they attempt to solve it. Are there problems with the product? Yes. Are they trying to solve them? Yes. Is there anything on the market that is better? I haven't found it. Personally I say Kudo's to the kids at Vidon-me. They are really trying. Just think of all the hours of entertainment I have had trying to make this work. That alone is worth the price, watching my movies on my HDTV is a bonus.