eelhc wrote:The XBox 360 is my Media Center PC. I got the $10/Month Netflix subscription along with the ~$3.50/Month Live Gold membership. I am able to stream all the on demand Netflix content (in addition to 1 DVD out at a time via snail mail), most of it in impressive HD to my TV. The 360 also connects to all of the other PCs in my house and can stream music, pictures + video (including divx/h.264/mpeg4 movies) to my TV from those PCs.
With the XBox you get a fairly quiet PC, HDMI, a very stable OS... all for a price of a barebones HTPC (case, power supply, motherboard... you'd still have to add the processor, hard drive, memory...).
You won't have blueray or DVR functions. I've considered rolling my own DVR but the dish network DVR I have is just too good. I wouldn't even come close to functionality/ease of use.
If you really want blueray... buy a PS3 too!
You could probably get a 360, PS3, 1TB NAS setup and 1year Netflix + Live Gold Membership for about the cost of a good HTPC rig.
If you insist on rolling your own, check this out...
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 9829&hl=en
Richard S. wrote:If it were me I'd be looking for a device that can be used for both. e.g a giant HDV recorder possibly even one you hook external HD's too.
I'd scrap the idea of a "media pc"and look for devices specifically for the task.
It's been a while since I looked but I know I've seen some pretty slick devices in the past such as wi-fi version that will broadcast to all TV's
Richard S. wrote:I'm assuming you don't know you need software for cracking them if you want to transfer to HDD? Same with DVD but that is much more freely available.
There's only one commercial software solution available for Blu-Ray that I'm aware of and I believe technically it's illegal to possess if you're in the U.S. FYI you missed the boat if you don't already have it because they just switched to a "subscription fee" which will be required to update for new titles.
However the boys at doom9.org are working on free version.
Hunlock wrote:Just got an LCD HDTV, and want to build a PC that I can hook up to the TV. I want to add all of my movie files to the harddrive(s), run the HDMI through it(to record), and install an internal BlueRay....
My problem? I have no idea what kind of motherboard/processor to run! It's been a while since I built a PC. All I have are laptops right now, and have been out of the game for a while.
I want this to be somewhat of a budget build, so if I can find a motherboard with onboard HDMI, that would be great. I am prepared to add a video card if needed.
I have been searching my favorite elecronics site(newegg), and I think I've confused myself more than before...lol
Hunlock wrote:but no one has any opinion on motherboards?
Razzler wrote:Hunlock wrote:but no one has any opinion on motherboards?
I use to only buy ASUS boards but seems like they started going down hill, I had some DOA ones so i switched to MSI. This is the fifth MSI mobo now with no problems at all. just my 2 cents!
Hunlock wrote:Okay.....With an Xbox, can I hook up external hardrives to play media from them? If so, how do they connect? My main goal is get my media(on harddrives), to play on my LCD, through my surround sound. Can an Xbox do this? I appreciate all the options given, but no one has any opinion on motherboards?
spc wrote:Install Windows XP Media Center OS with sp3 & you are all set.
kozel wrote:I don't think XP media center OEM is available w/ SP3; you'd have to get the XP Media Center w/SP2 CD and then apply the SP3 update. Also, XP has had it's life extended somewhat till May 30, 2009.