Originally Posted by Loomis2
On a side note, how awesome is Windows Media Center! With my Xbox360 as an extender I can now watch all the over the air channels on my tv through my computer in the other room, with full guide data and dvr capabilities! Combine that with Hulu Plus, Netflix and Amazon Prime and that covers about everything I want to watch. I love it when a plan comes together.
Heh... many other HTPC software packages are head-and-shoulders above WMC, not to mention the fact that MS has pretty much stopped supporting WMC (even though they keep including it and apparently have included it in Win8). Major limitations with DRM limitations, commercial skipping, etc., compared to others... BUT... unfortunately a lot of those other packages have "gone under" (or been bought out by the likes of Google), just as the world was starting to awaken to how awesome these things are. Most of America is too tech-scared to try something like even WMC, that's why things like Apple TV and Google TV are floundering around, not really "taking off". Heck, my parents aren't THAT old and still insist they don't need a DVR (even though they have an HDTV and full HD Cable).
If you want to really expand your available media, look into PlayOn, which runs a uPnP on your PC that your XBMC can operate - tons of native media, but even more importantly, the plugins/scripts written by users that open up a whole world of internet streaming media.
All of that said, I agree, it is great to have all of that in one package, extended to any TV in the house, and it's amazing that more people have no clue or aren't willing to try it.