Originally Posted by cheausa
I also had good success with an SD HTPC. I really wanted an HD HTPC to work, but found it far too frustrating and the results did not meet my requirements or expectations. I think in 12 months or so an HTPC will be viable, but right now the software and hardware was not mature enough to work for me.
I tried the PS3 and found it to be the best bang for the buck.. but not adequate for my 800+ hd and sd dvd catalogue. Excellent disc based player, so it's a keeper for me for disc based playback.
Are you talking about HTPC as a disc player? Admittedly none of the PC bluray software packages are as good as they could/should be, but I think you can get a really good experience. I use TMT5 in conjunction with Windows Media Player and media center.
Originally Posted by emcdade
Because an HTPC will offer up 99% of the Kaleidescape experience at 1% of the cost. I'm guessing the vast majority of users couldn't care less about the disc menus, and likewise about breaking copy-protection to rip a blu-ray to their home server. There's almost zero market for that type of device.
The market for it doesn't want to worry about an AACS profile not being updated yet, doesn't want to seek out forced subtitles, doesn't care to know about coducs and containers, doesn't want to worry about hard drive failures. I think fiddling and fixing this stuff is fun to do personally but for someone with limited time to enjoy their media the support Kaleidescape provides is really good.
Originally Posted by Perogi
What I can't grasp is why more movie nuts with HTPC's don't mind the lack of full disc (i.e. menus and extras)? The draw for many DVD and Bluray collectors traditionally was access to the movie and the extra features. I guess this has changed? If it hasn't changed, why are some many happy to settle on a main movie rip to their HTPC?
Depending on the disc I sometimes keep the entire thing. You can do that with TMT5. I use Windows Media Center with Media Browser as my library viewer. When a BDMV folder is played, it launches TMT5's WMC plugin. I've updated the TMT5 interface files to seemlessly match my desktop background, WMC background, and Media Browser splash page. It's as transparent as I can possibly imagine, whether launching an archived film from the hard drive or putting a disc in the pc.
MKV seems to be the main movie rip format of choice. By doing that you are able to bypass previews and warnings and save quit a bit of space. If a big draw of an HTPC is saving money over a similar solution, a part of that will be hard drive space. By eliminating all the extraneous language tracks, subtitles, and other stuff you can save a lot of space.