That being said, I'm considering cord cutting...or dish ditching. I've been doing some "proof of concept" testing the last few days with Windows Media Center and the Xbox 360. My original thought was to build one central HTPC housed in the theater that would again display on the projector and my bedroom TV and then have a couple Xbox 360's working as extenders for the front living room TV and kids bedroom.
I would want this system to display both recorded TV (from an OTA tuner) and also rips of DVDs and Bluray discs. 4 year old twins and physical media DO NOT mix well
So far over the last few days I've discovered several issues with using the 360 as an extender. I think I've figured out ways around most of them though.
Tonight I started researching the futureproofing aspect of my plan and looking into Windows 8 and the Xbox One. That's when my plan started to fall apart. First of all, Media Center is no longer included in Windows 8 anymore, it's an add-on that essentially doubles the cost of the OS! Media Center also barely gets a footnote mention on Microsoft's website now. Furthermore, there is little to no info regarding the Xbox One as being a true Media Center Extender.
It sure looks like the death of Windows Media Center and Windows Media Center Extenders is certain.
Cutting to the chase here..besides a handful of $300 Dune or Popcorn Hour boxes, what else is available that will do what I want? $150 xbox 360's sure are enticing little media extenders!