My HTPC Could Wake the Dead

January 9, 2008

That title should have actually read: My HTPC Could Wake the Dead, but its getting much quieter. It’s been quite a while since I’ve discussed HTPC’s (mine in particular) so I thought a quick re-cap and update of where I’m at with my system might be in order. Late last summer I picked up the […]

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Late to the Party, Better Late Than Never: Xbox 360

October 11, 2007

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My Top Five Tips for Building a Windows Media Center PC

August 15, 2007

Over the past few weeks I’ve been experimenting with several different streaming media devices in my home theater with varying degrees of success, ultimately I came back to the idea of a HTPC. This all goes back a few years and my “Rule of Three”, the rule of three pretty much goes like this, if […]

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PS3 as a HTPC, Close but no Cigar

April 24, 2007

Over the weekend I decided to install Linux on my PS3 in hopes that I could add HD media streaming to the machines list of capabilities, no dice, not yet anyway. Before I get too far ahead of myself here, I’ll back up and try to share enough about the installation process and what you […]

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Digital Downloads Not Down

February 21, 2007

According to this Reuters article “Annual consumer spending on Internet downloads of movies and TV shows will top $4 billion in 2011”. Okay, that part doesn’t surprise me all that much, after all that’s still relatively a small portion of the physical home video market, (estimated at 16.3 billion for DVD alone in 2005) the […]

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Netflix Introduces “Watch Now” Download Service

January 17, 2007

I have to admit I struggled a bit with the post title here. Netflix didn’t exactly announce movie downloads as HomeMediaMagazine.com indicated in the opening lines of “Watch Now” (link may require login) titles will be limited to a pre-defined selection of around a thousand titles or so but Netflix states they’ll work toward expanding […]

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Put Unboxed Back in the Box

September 11, 2006

Alright, over the weekend I thought I’d give Amazon’s new video download service a whirl, instead it gave me a whirl. For those that may have missed the announcement, Amazon’s “Unboxed” video download service

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Warner Bros. to “rent” films on the net

May 9, 2006

In a move that would apparently sidestep or even cut-out Movielink as a digital download partner, Warner Brothers has

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Alienware HTPC, with a twist

October 4, 2005

HTPC’s by and large have lacked one key piece of hardware to really push them over the edge into mass acceptance, touch screen controllers. Now I can already hear the groans from those who’ll say “you don’t need touch screens” or “my remote works just fine”, yeah sure, but you guys already own them…. It’s […]

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Home Theater PC’s (HTPC) increasing in popularity

May 1, 2004

I’m actually writing this on a HTPC, that’s the problem, I’m writing on it not watching movies on it. I’ve come to the conclusion that you pretty much need a dedicated HTPC separate from your day to day email checker variety of PC. Think about it, you’ve got a machine that’s in another part of […]

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