Yes the fact is that you can make a computer to do this. But at what cost and what ease of use when you are done? Not to mention the time involved. I for one do not have time to work on a system to 'make it work' when this seems to be a great and simple solution that fit's my needs to a T. Here is a quick list I made up...
It is simple to use.
It can be viewed it on a normal TV thus you can do it house wide.
The software is very user friendly.
It is home networkable.
It is an all in one package that fits into a component rack.
You do not need to be a computer person to run it.
The audio is very, very good.
It uses an IR remote.
It can be computer controlled.
It can act as a music server.
Did I mention it was easy to use (My Dad used it when he was here!). http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
Anyway, true you can make one as mentioned that will do the above. But, I for one will recommend, and have, the Request unit to many people.
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