AVS Special Member
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Central New York (Syracuse DMA)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I see alot of complaining about formats and mass storage, but I think the Echo will do exactly what I'm looking to do: Ditch my garbage Time Warner DVRs! All I'm looking for is a central DVR and TV watching ability. No plan to store DVDs or BDs. I have no issue getting up to put a disc in the unit. Want to build a multi tuner HTPC and let the kids game room utilize the Xbox 360 as its extender and an Echo in the bedroom for ours with the HTPC as the main in the theater room.
Main concern is WAF and a consistent interface for the non-tech family. Have a Harmony 900, but may move to a touch for more channel icons. Just want a solution where the wife can pick up the remote and use it without having the PC interface. I'd like a way to have media shortcuts in WMC for network websites to use their VOD.
I plan on having a wireless keyboard so I can utilize Windows functions and web browsing, but the HTPC will have zero bloatware installed. Only Win 7 Home Premium and the need drivers. Maybe a BD drive to eliminate my player. The way I see it, an HTPC should eliminate a lot of add on devices like my Roku and BD Player along with the not so Smart TV functions.
Will the Echo (or any extender) work if the HTPC is in sleep mode. At the very least will it Wake on LAN?
I see my uses for the setup I want being far simpler than most.
8/30/2013 - Time Warner Liberation Day!