Originally Posted by ratite
What is new ? We have been praising the HTPC for years now, so what is new. One area of an HTPC I was interested in was music, but alas nobody cared. So whats the draw today? When there are boxes out there that do almost all the media streaming.
Please don't take this as a bash, I have been using an "HTPC" since 2001.
My experience is that there are boxes that can do most
things, but never all
For example, I can get a ROKU 3 for $100 +/-, and I can stream Amazon, Hulu Plus, Netflix, etc, but I can't stream an uncompressed HD movie with HD audio in an .MKV container with an unmolested picture and HD audio bitstreaming.
I also can't play PC games in 1080p from said ROKU.
Sure, it's more expensive, but you can do it for a relatively low dollar amount these days.
It really seems that the only company trying to destroy the HTPC market is Microsoft.