sounds like my typical technology purchase, spend twice as much as the unit 3 months later, and mine is ditched for the newer version's devlopment.
would be nice if they opened up the older systems so we could do our own software updates.
Not entirely sure what it is that you would want "opened up". It is commonly known that the firmware (or "SDK") is the same as one of the Mele boxes, so you can easily flash an AV200 with those firmwares to update the box. (I flashed mine with a newer version from Mele that seems to have fixed the power on issues that I was having.) If you had the development chops and wanted to try, you could probably also get an AOSP build running on the box. (The boot loader doesn't appear to be locked in any way.)
At the same time, I am pretty sure that the newer versions of XBMC that are being released still work on the AV200, so there are still "updates" coming out for the box. So there is that. And, you could always run the non-VidOn.me XBMC versions on the box if the firmware every gets to the point that it doesn't run the VidOn.me versions.
I'm not really happy that the AV200 appears to have been dumped either, but there really isn't anything stopping you from "doing your own software updates".
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