Now that it has been announced that Intel will stop manufacturing motherboards, what will happen with HDMI-CEC in the HTPC sphere? Intel have made some very good HTPC-centric motherboards the last years, so it's a shame that they're pulling out. I know ASRock have a motherboard with HDMI-CEC-headers, but those are hard to get in Norway where I live. Anyone know if other manufacturers will include more HTPC options in the future?
I haven't ever found an HTPC that had a working CEC. Heck, unless you buy two devices from the same manufacturer, I haven't found any hardware that really works together like it is supposed to since everyone has their own version of it.
Sadly, its, IMO, going to go the way of CableCard. A fantastic idea that never really took off outside a niche market.
The number of HTPC users who take advantage of HDMI-CEC is probably miniscule. If you want to us it the pulse-eight adapter is supposed to work just fine. I guess I just don't see what the big deal is.
Fair enough. But having a low adoption rate does not mean it's not a good technology. I think it's a hidden gem, and I really hope other motherboard manufacturers will include this option in the future. I have tested it with my somewhat aging Pioneer plasma and had no problems getting it to work. Controlling XBMC with the TV remote is certainly an attractive feature.