Topic: Sony discontinuing support for the dash on July 1, 2017

Sony has apparently publicly announced dropping support for the Sony dash as of July 1, 2017.

See the banner here: http://community.sony.com/t5/Dash/bd-p/other-Dash

Here's the official announcement text, provided to me by Sony:

As of July 2017, Sony Electronics will no longer support dash devices and functionality will terminate.  As of April 3, 2017, no further over-the-network updates for enhancement or maintenance can be performed on dash devices.  Some functionality on dash devices may continue - without further updates - between now and July 2017.

As a long-term dash customer myself, I am, of course, disappointed in the situation.

2 (edited by demarks51 2017-04-03 12:42:47)

Re: Sony discontinuing support for the dash on July 1, 2017

It was bound to happen.

Could this be the time Sony can give you the keys and bring these units to Blue Octy?

Re: Sony discontinuing support for the dash on July 1, 2017

Unlikely, but there's a fair chance that's not the only option.

Re: Sony discontinuing support for the dash on July 1, 2017

It looks like they've erased all of the posts in the dash forum.

Re: Sony discontinuing support for the dash on July 1, 2017

This is disturbing news. That thing that the Dash does, where it shows the time, the current weather and a five day forecast, is very appealing and doesn't seem to have a Chumby equivalent.

Re: Sony discontinuing support for the dash on July 1, 2017

Duane,
Seems like you have another option in mind for what can happen to the Dash units. Can you share? Can there be a firmware change that would direct the Dash to the Blue Octy servers? My guess is that among the Dash customers there are at least some potential subscribers, don't you think?

Re: Sony discontinuing support for the dash on July 1, 2017

Yes, it would be nice to give dash customers the option to extend the life of these devices, as we did with chumby.

I don't have anything ready enough to talk about yet, but suffice it to say this is getting active attention.

Note that even in the best case, there are some dash things I can't carry forward, mainly the video services and most of the audio services, since they're part of the Sony BIVL infrastructure that's going away.

8 (edited by demarks51 2017-04-04 12:07:54)

Re: Sony discontinuing support for the dash on July 1, 2017

Would it be legal to come up with a *firmware* that would direct Sony Dash units to the Blue Octy server? They were once tied to the Chumby.com server. It seems Sony should be willing to let this otherwise *door stop* become useful again. The music sources are similar with the exception of Slacker, which seems like their preferred choice. (Well, Lollapalooza is a offshoot of slacker). It would be great to be able to add iHeart to the Dash music lineup. I do like Slacker a lot and have used it quite a bit. The video on Dash is very good. I have watched movies on Snag or Crackle with great success.

Too bad this little gem is going away but anything you can salvage would be great.

Re: Sony discontinuing support for the dash on July 1, 2017

These devices were only *partially* tied to the chumby systems.  Authentication of the devices and delivery of the Control Panel went through Sony's systems, not even the clone of chumby's systems made in 2011. All of the most recent failures in the dash ecosystem were due to a breakdown between the clone servers or the device, and the Sony back end.

Only after the device successfully authenticates does it start behaving more like a regular chumby. With Sony's systems unavailable, the trick would be to get the device past that point during boot.

All of the music and audio systems with the exception of USB audio, ShoutCAST and Blue Octy Radio depend upon Sony's systems - even Pandora and Slacker.

Re: Sony discontinuing support for the dash on July 1, 2017

Duane,
Hope you are not so busy that you are not working on a fix to plug Dashes into the system. Does it mean you would have to access to the Sony server to see what needed to be done to point them to the BlueOcty server?

Oddly enough I just order two Pebble watches which is now a topic on this forum.
https://forum.chumby.com/viewtopic.php?pid=53866#p53866
Maybe Duane could bring in Pebble to the BlueOcty world? Duane may soon be the master of the castaway technologies.

Re: Sony discontinuing support for the dash on July 1, 2017

Question:
Is it possible to have a Zurk type offline software to make the Dash work?

12 (edited by steelpaw 2017-04-11 03:21:15)

Re: Sony discontinuing support for the dash on July 1, 2017

demarks51 wrote:

Question:
Is it possible to have a Zurk type offline software to make the Dash work?

The problem with the Zurk offline software was that it involved making unauthorised (and, indeed, unlawful) copies of the Chumby widgets. To do something similar in a lawful manner, one would have to contact each widget developer and get their consent.
The Chumby widget developers had agreed to one thing (making their widgets available on the Chumby service, where they were able to obtain feedback; and remove or modify their widgets) and the Zurkware did something quite different (taking copies of the widgets for offline use, with no further opportunities for the widget owner to get feedback or make changes).
In terms of legal action, it would be difficult (more like impossible) for a widget developer to demonstrate that they had suffered actual, quantifiable loss from the unlawful use of their widget. This means that the risk involved in promulgating something like Zurkware is low because you almost certainly won't be sued [this is not legal advice - I am not a US lawyer].
However, there is also the moral element. People volunteered their time and effort to make widgets for the Chumby. It is wrong to renege on the agreement that they made.

Re: Sony discontinuing support for the dash on July 1, 2017

Thanks for the clarification. Don't want to go there knowing this.