Originally Posted by blueiedgod
amazon prime: $80/year
Total subscription cost: $272/year
"piece of hardware" $50 - $90
For the cost of annual subscriptions one can have an HTPC with a lot more flexibility...
Heh, you're like a friend of mine who is also pushing the HTPC route on me. He's the most annoying friend I have.
I understand the advantages, but there are reasons why everyone hasn't gone that route. Your proposal is a great whole house solution, but most people don't have or need anything near that complex (in terms of capability, not setup, although still...)
You still have to rip those discs, and buy them for that matter. You may not think it's a big deal, but you can't acquire them overnight. Sure if you have an existing collection, it makes sense, but for those just starting out, a Roku box and those subscriptions have advantages. For one, they don't deal with discs AT ALL.
And you have access to thousands of titles (Netflix 20,000+, Hulu, probably the same, Amazon, 5,000+), ON THE DAY YOU BUY THE MACHINE AND SIGN UP.
So there are two sides to the coin.
Of course you can also get a HTPC and subscribe to those systems, too, but a Roku is a tiny box, fits anywhere, costs a fraction, and hooks up in three minutes, something a HTPC can't claim. It also can stream content from an existing HTPC, so you don't necessarily have to choose one or the other.