I presently have a similar HTPC as Cameron above. I do all of the things previously posted above; DVD movies with WinDVD scaling and perfect timings (Powerstrip - Mark Rejon) for DILA, 24bit 96kHz digital audio to a Meridian digital theater system, dTV scaling for Satellite - cable (NTSC) - VCR - and OTA; Airboard Pronto automation, Dilard control (projector and software macros), Web surfing, and Siren jukebox for music listening, ripping and cd burning. All of this and more with the wife accessing it with four top level Pronto button: Play a Movie, Watch TV, Listen to Music, Theater Off
Why doesn't everyone do this?
I don't think everyone is comfortable putting the pieces together:
PC, video card, Hauppauge card, Sound card, Airboard
Dilard, dTV, WinDVD
Pronto, pronto edit, customization for yousystem
Once it's all together though, I think it's a much better value (price - performance).
Once operational, the only downside I've noticed is slightly less dependability of operation. This typically is traced to Windows instability. I rarely if ever see this while playing a movie. It's usually on startup, shutdown, switching from DVD to NTSC (dTV). It's still pretty rare, but does happen occasionally. Once Windows 2000 support (dts and other issues) is achieved, I think even this should improve. My other PCs running 2000 virtually never crash.
[This message has been edited by kenliles (edited 05-03-2001).]