The Intel built-in HD chipset stumbles badly with integration of the HDMI video and audio. While one pc monitor and dvd playback may be adequete, having a two 1080p displays and Blu-ray is simply asking too much.
I already have essential Internet access so dropping all those subscriptions and proprietary gear saves $$$. Everyone needs to ask why are they paying for saturation levels of commercials? It must be conditioning?
I've tried HTPC many times in the past with mediocre success. (There has been much misery in this forum too).
But now each of the hardware and software components mentioned have reached the maturity point to where they are ready for general public use.
Again one small, quiet, low-power yet powerful High Definition HTPC is all you need. I also have a Acer 3610 nettop which (is not powerful) is fine for a dual HDTV DVR. But it is not well suited for Blu-ray image processing or even crappy VHS Hulu.
It was expected that advertising this low-cost fuss-free configuration will lead to controversy, as it eliminates them from the food chain. I'm not claiming to be Al Gore (but I like massages too!), but simply noting the high degree of integration realized.
The consumer vs industry war still goes on as Gateway already removed already removed several features (eSata, SPD/IF and memory) from the nicely equipped SX2840 and replaced it with the 2850. Too much of a good thing?
Then Power Dvd automatically intalls to connect you to the Internet for advertising too. Further Blu-ray Live is just advertising as the excellent article in Home Theater Magazine documents.
The point of this thread is consumers can finally use DIGITAL technology to improve their lifestyle by regaining control of time, budget, convience and be of clearer mind. Hopfully the established publications will pick up on these posts!