Originally Posted by aronsonstack
Can someone explain the benefits of this over your usual HTPC and viewing your collection movie covers via xmbc, zappit, etc?
Is this just a product to make things convenient for the super rich?
That is covered earlier in the thread. But in a nutshell, you will not have to learn to build anything. It is ultra reliable compared to above solutions. Anyone can use it with ease. I have an HTPC that I use for everything other than movies and it is far less reliable and predictable than the Cinema One.
The other benefit is that you can buy movies online which today come as the same encodings as Blu-ray and in some cases, is available earlier than disc release. Gravity was an example. You buy the movies using any browser and it lands on your machine in the background. Once there, is no streaming, bandwidth issues, etc.