“I can assure you the private section is worth every penny!!!!” -jbcain
“Great guide assassin. I’ll be doing some work on my HTPC once this TV season ends. I see a few things in the guide that I want to try. Thanks for all of your hard work.” -Jackal55
“Just had a look at the new guide. I must say I wish I had this when I was getting into htpc’s. Would have saved me a ton of headaches.
What I like about this is for the user that doesn’t like to tinker nonstop this is a great way to get everything dialed in. Its all there layed out with tons of pictures and you really can’t screw it up. My wife to do it with this guide no problem. Got to give Assassin an A for this one and for anyone that is on the fence about it go for it you will not be disappointed.” -whiteboy714
“I just checked out assassins new paid guide. I believe it is the most current up to date, simplest, well put together guide/tutorial currently available. I think this guide alone is worth well more than $20 bucks, so Im stoked it also gives me a lifetime membership.
The guide is extremely simple and put together in a way where its so easy to follow youll be able to setup all software to get up and running with your new htpc watching media in 1080p w/ bitstreamed hd audio.
I consider myself fairly.knowledgeable when it comes too htpc’s. I’m far from an expert but I’ve well overcome the beginners hurdles. That being said someone of my experience can still definitly benefit from this guide. If your an expert who has been out of the “htpc scene” for a bit or if you well versed in another media center or your just an average htpc enthusiast I think this guide has something for everyone. Plus I’m excited about there being more in depth guides to follow to further expand my htpc abilities. Great guide!” -joeydrunk
“I second this….as soon as my case arrives I will be using this for sure to get my new system up and running. ‘Ole!” -AVTechMan
“I just read through your paid guides on your blog. Nice work Assassin! I really wish there had been something like this a few years ago! It would have saved me countless hours of searches, posts, and trial and error. I have set up numerous HTPC’s over the years and your guide boils the steps down to easy to follow steps for the novice and experienced user alike. For those of you setting up your first HTPC, this guide is well worth the money. It will save you hours of frustration and you’ll end up with a smooth running HTPC. Keep up the great work Assassin! I’m looking forward to your future updates!” -badgerpilot
“WOW. I went ahead and assembled a Clarkdale i3 HTPC with an DTV tuner in it and it now permanently resides in my home theater and is connected to my network. This would have never happened without the wealth of knowledge that assassin has about setting up HTPC’s. I’ve got the HTPC all hooked up and am in the process of setting up filters, splitters, codecs, metadata scrapers and such using assassin’s fantastic guides found on his blog page.
These guides are priceless but available for an unlimited use membership fee of only $20 which is way less than cost of retail software to run an HTPC. They come with great graphics and concise step-by-step instructions on how to set up each software component needed for great playback of all your media.” -Sammy2
“Assassin I love the guide. The pictures will especially help since this is my first time doing anything with a HTPC.” -pjb16
“Excellent guide btw assassin. Can’t stress how much of a help your guide has been. Keep up the good work!” -amarshonarbangla
"3 more great guides man! Perfect complete step by step instructions. With those 3 you pretty much have every single online channel available. If there's anybody new here I highly recommend you check this out. I so wish I had this when I first set up." -joeydrunk
"Another value for the money. Thanks assassin." -Sammy2
“I Just signed up for a membership at Assassin’s blog. I suggest everyone here do the same. Priceless information for the HTPC builder and you’re supporting the man behind the wheel here. Thank You.” -jes.jr
"Ok wow so I finally just finished reading the paid guides on your blog. It took me forever because there was so much detailed and useful info. I wish that it was all there when I started my build because it would have saved me like 2 weeks of bashing my head on the keyboard. I did almost everything listed in the guides except change to the new lav splitter thing, because I already have shark installed and everything works (knock on wood). I didn't want to mess it all up. I can't wait till everyone starts asking me to build them htpc's I'm going to send them to assassins and tell them to buy his guides and sit back and enjoy!" -hanly2
"I just found the solution to a problem I have been working on for weeks. I should have started at Assassin's guide rather than ending there.
I just hope you will continue to have the time (and strength) to keep it updated as the technology changes." -CountryBumkin
"I'd like to thank Assassin for his (ongoing) help and guide. It made the software side extremely easy." -pjb16
"I finally got through most of the paid guides. Haven't done Zinc, Hulu and Boxee yet but will get to them shortly. The guide will take your HTPC from an empty box to full throttle in an hour or so. I am sure the information is out there if you want to spend the time googling and reading forums. Assassin's guide will take you through step by step and it's all in on place. This will get your HTPC to the wife-acceptable point. Heck, she might even think your HTPC idea was so great she will even let you upgrade to that projector you want. ...well at least that's what I am hopping for! Thanks, Assassin!" -davemathews68
"Agreed dude...for $20.00 this is a no brainer. I know my time is worth more than that and I guarantee that in TIME ALONE, I'm well over a grand and I'm still not completely sure everything is right. You've done all the research for the New People who want to get into the hobby as well as giving the older timers (like me) something new to chew on. All for $20.00? If someone thinks it's not worth it...they can feel free to find all the info on their own.
I do have a question about something I just read.
Within the "Building the Engine" post, you're talking specifically about getting everything working and play well with the other things right? Is your goal to give people the ability to bitstream WITHOUT having to buy BD Software with the tools you list in the guide? As I was reading the information, I was thinking to myself "had this been available BEFORE I bought software, I could have saved myself the green"...looks like you are making it work for nearly nothing (save the possible cost of MakeMKV at some point).
Anyway....great guides dude...absolutely great." -Paul E. Fox, II
"So, you just built an HTPC and you’re spending hours/days/weeks pouring over the Internet looking for the answers to all of your setup questions. Search no more; most if not all of your answers are in Assassin’s guide. It’s well written, logically arranged, beautifully illustrated, with great analogies, to help you get up and running FAST! Keep your sanity- GET THE GUIDE! http://assassinhtpcblog.com/
"Best 20 dollars I've ever spent. I've spent hours trying to configure mediacontrol and ffdshow to get my subtitles working. In about 5 minutes, I've got it working with CoreAVC and Haali Splitter, and DirectVobSub, thanks to your guide. Fantastic work." -thefever
"First, I would say thank to Assassin, the guide saves me a lot of work, this guide is worth the price and even more, again, Thanks Assassin" -snef
"I bought the guide, and it was the best 20 bucks i spent on this little project." -mike10778
"BTW assassin, your guide was worth every penny. I had my system up and running within a couple hours with no headaches thanks to you. Great job." -CloudVader
"Assassin's paid guides are well worth the cost. Even if you are like me and have a lot of experience in system building, the step by step software setup guides make the setup fast and painless." -greypilgram
“I just built my first HTPC two weeks ago and wanted to make sure my wife could pick up a remote and basically accomplish what she did with the comcast cable box (watch tv, view a guide, record shows, watch the recorded shows) in addition to now being able to watch our dvds/blu rays without having to touch a disk. It was really important that this was done via remote and she wasn’t having to touch a mouse, keyboard, turn on the computer everyday, etc. To make it simple, I paid $20 for Assassin’s guide and used his recommended software, but the $20 was best spent towards the configurations of media browser to make everything look impressive and easy to use. Even his section on how to make media center open directly to live tv was a big plus with the wife. So, now, my wife uses the Rosewill Windows 7 remote to turn on the tv and wake the computer (like she would turn on the cable box) and it goes right into the live tv guide to see what was on. Since we primarily watch television during the week, this is no different than when we had Comcast. Plus, if she wants to watch a movie/dvd, the media browser is accessed from the remote and everything looks impressive. The WAF (wife approval factor) was so great that she let me cancel cable after about the 2nd day (I was going to use both for a month to make sure she approved the HTCP for everyday use).” -jcbaggins
"the $20 you pay for the guides is well worth it. There's so much info in there your going to be like "That's the best $20 I spent in a long time." At least I am saying that =)" -Limp Fox
Many, many many more....