I have a media server running WHS 2011 with a InfiniTV 4 CableCARD shared over the network. The HTPC's are always in sleep, but I can wake them up with my MCE remote. The HTPC's auto boot WMC upon awakening, then they have full access to HD cable, 1500 of my HDDVD and Blu-ray rips, 65 different TV series, over 100 3D Blu-ray movies, the latest HD movie trailers, about every pre-1999 emulator game, etc. It is all done within WMC, MediaBrowser, and Hyperspin. I never have to touch a keyboard or mouse. Plus, the HTPC's are all rackmounted in a separate room and I just ran HDMI over CAT6 (for audio/video) and USB over CAT6 (for IR remote and game joysticks) to the HDTV's. If for some reason I need to log into the HTPC's to perform deeper maintenance, I just use remote desktop from another computer on the network.
Edited by w1retap - 6/22/13 at 1:55pm