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Old 22nd November, 2008, 02:21 AM
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HTPC Market

Just wanting to get the vibe from some people out there.

Are HTPC's becoming common place? I know many people who are into IT who have home theatre pc's in there lounge room, but are there many people out there who just want to buy one that works, without buying there own parts, and making it work themselves?

Just an off-the-shelf option that is essentially plug and play.
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i always wanted to make a movie server that every tv and computer in the house could stream or download movies from.
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Old 13th May, 2009, 12:29 AM
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i just want the software to do stuff like that,

not a 400 dollar computer sold at 1000.
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I've been doing something like that from MythTV for a few years now. Yes, it's Linux, and yes, it does offer TiVo functionality.

If you're just after a machine to just serve media content, it doesn't generally need a lot of processing power, just bit disks. That's usually required for the machine that's doing the decoding. There's a fair bit of software out there.

Don't forget that you will need a fairly good network to stream across, and that any TV is going to need something to interface to it.
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can you stream across your lan? software needed? or create a streaming group.
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Provided its a hard wired network and not wireless. Wireless isnt really fast enough for AV streaming I've found.
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With MythWeb, I've been able to use a web browser to select what I want to stream, if the system doesn't have any special software.

Network performance is important for streaming, as even DVD quality requires 8-9 Mbit/sec of network performance, including overheads. For ethernet, that means at least 100Mbit network, for WiFi, that means at least 802.11G. Move into the world of HD, and the bitrate goes up again. Broadcast HD video (not audio) is more in the region of 20Mbit/sec. Move into Blu-ray, and it's MPEG4 or VC-1 at 40Mbit/sec just for the video. Throw in both audio and video, and 100Meg ethernet is only just capable of running Blu-ray bitrates (58Mbit/sec)to a single machine as long as nothing else is happening on the network. Wireless simply isn't fast enough.
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I just sold my AMD 3800+ X2 HTPC and ordered the parts for my new Core i7 HTPC. Should arrive Friday and I'll post some pics and OC abilities. My only concern is heat, so we'll see how that plays out. In response to your question, the ability to fit a full size ATX mobo and a full size graphics card into a little HTPC case definitely makes HTPC's more commonplace. Why would I buy a full size desktop case when I can put all the same stuff in a case that's less than half the size?

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Old 21st July, 2009, 12:13 AM
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Ordered a TV tuner the other day. It'll be here tomorrow, thus completing the HTPC build. Woo hoo!
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I already have the wide screen TV and the 1 TB external hard drive to store all my media. The only thing missing now is a good enough DVD that wouldn't lag when my movies reach 2 hours or more. As of now, the movie freezes and goes back to the home screen once it reaches 2 hours of video play
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