Originally Posted by halfelite
There is a market just the market of the rich and famous. That like in all one easy solution with no fiddling needed and that is what Kaleidescape offers, An htpc does not even begin to touch the features of a Kaleidescape system, Each Kaleidescape system can be programmed to behave differently with different remotes. If you hand your kid the "kid remote" the Kaleidescape system will only display movies/tv shows with parental ratings you allow, You switch to a master remote and all movies show. No need for passwords or different sections, you just need different remotes, It now has its store to download full bluray movies. If you just think its a way to get movies and fanart to the screen then yes its the same as any htpc/dedicated media player, But its all the bells and whistles and ease of use that pushes it to the market that can afford it. Not to mention its a white glove install only
I agree halfelite. Not to mentioned you get the FULL Bluray experience with the menus, as produced, extra features, etc. That is what is lacking from my SageTV-based HTPC. My number one and number two issue with all the HTPC-based approaches are the lack of menus and extra features because of Bluray rips and the lack of extenders for MOST HTPC-based approaches. SageTV has served me well, but the dedicated devs who made all the addons to make it such a great system seem to be dropping like flies. Most are moving over to Plex (which I understand has apps on many STB's devices like Roku), but that is still lacking the menu's and ease of extra features. Plus, I'd prefer a dedicated extender which is easier for guest, kids and wife's to use.
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?