Quote:There's defragmenting, managing Windows updates and driver/software updates, Antivirus/malware/firewall software to update and maintain, etc.
Active maintenance... what's that?
Quote:I can't comment on the power consumption, but I have Dell Zino that I got to serve as an HTPC for web browsing, net video watching etc. and while it's not obnoxiously loud, I can hear it across the room if it's reasonably quiet. To hear the Tivo I have to go put my head next to it.
My HTPC is quieter and uses less power than the TiVo it replaced.
Quote:No argument here. I'm not trying to disparage the use of an HTPC at all, just saying that for the average consumer, using an HTPC as an OTA DVR is more involved to setup and use. I suppose Dell or HP could design and sell a box solely for use as an OTA DVR that would be as straightforward to setup and use as a Tivo, but the closest I've seen from a mainstream PC vendor is including a tuner and a Media Center remote in the box.
Since this is off topic and has been covered in various threads... that's that for me.
A lot of people (including myself) were really hoping that the 7400 would be the first real alternative to both an HTPC and a Tivo, but clearly Channel Master has dropped the ball on this one. Getting back on topic, is there anything left to say about the 7400 that hasn't already been said? Barring a significant hardware and software update, it sure feels like it's the end of the line for anything positive to be said about this device.