I may be living a weird or uncommon space, but I have a rich interconnection between the mobile, the home office, my EMail system (and it's 7+ GBytes of Calendar, Contacts, and EMail folders), my Internet Favorites, and so on. I would dearly love to bridge gap between my office upstairs, my mobile, and the flat screen and STB/PVR/TV stuff happening in my L.R.. I cannot do without allof my workstation Calendar and Contacts transparently synchronized to mymobile, so why shouldn't that be N-directionally true with the L.R. As well?
I think you're perhaps more ambitious than most. However, the synchronized e-mail and calendar part is really not so hard, if you use a web-based service like hotmail. I can't do my work e-mail from a normal home PC, because that's all walled in, but I can easily use hotmail from down here in the den, on the TV, and upstairs on the "proper" PC. I'm typing on my TV now, remote keyboard on my lap.
And with Windows Live Mail, of course, you can very easily use an actual e-mail client to do hotmail or most others. Don't have to use the more clumsy web browser method. Super simple setup, too. Live Mail knows ahead of time how to set up your POP3 and SMTP servers. I guess simply based on the e-mail address you type in during setup. So synchronized mail and calendar isn't hard. You know, it's all "in the cloud," as the hype tells us.
Know when I used my PVR most recently? During the Olympics. Because NBC was not offering them online unless you had an MVPD subscription. I used the PVR's remote for that. Alternatively, Windows 7 Home Premium comes with a really nice Windows Media Center, which allows you to record shows in HD. Navigate with the mouse. You do need a TV receiver card, though.
I guess my point is, there are solutions for most of what you want. Microsoft and others have figured it out. Cable companies may drag their heels, but why should consumers care? Ignore them. If you must have that cable box, just use it as a separate stand-alone nuisance when you must, then switch to Internet TV for the exploring fun. And why the CE vendors can't offer this unfettered Internet access, via a no-excuse built-in browser, is totally beyond me.
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