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A Blue Ray player can have a library of videos, movies, and music displayed? How do they "look similar"? I don't really get what you are saying here. Certainly a HTPC will cost more than a stand alone blue ray player, but that is because it does so much more...a Blue player is a piece of hardware in a HTPC.

The best part is that my optical disks are all in a box in storage never to see the light of day again and I still have access to everything.

So, if your just looking to have a system that plays bluray videos and such, would it be better off to buy a bluray player? (or a ps3 if u want to stream off netflix and such)
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A Blue Ray player can have a library of videos, movies, and music displayed? How do they "look similar"? I don't really get what you are saying here. Certainly a HTPC will cost more than a stand alone blue ray player, but that is because it does so much more...a Blue player is a piece of hardware in a HTPC.

The best part is that my optical disks are all in a box in storage never to see the light of day again and I still have access to everything.

So, if your just looking to have a system that plays bluray videos and such, would it be better off to buy a bluray player? (or a ps3 if u want to stream off netflix and such)

Well, like I said above...the best disk player in the world is probably DVDFab on the PC. I open up a Neflix Envelope and place it in the drive and skip right to the main movie. No mandatory previews to watch. And if I do decide to watch the previews later I can fast forward through them.

Though DVDFab costs about as much as a good stand alone player does by itself. So if you are looking to just stream off of netflix and only play an actual disk a couple times a month or something...I'd suggest getting a PS3
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...the best disk player in the world is probably DVDFab on the PC

Does that program offer remote control support, or is it mouse/keyboard only? I use a Harmony remote.
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I'm starting to think a HTPC isnt right for me, since I prefer saving money (buying PS3, or a bluray player than building HTPC) over custimization.
(maybe when i get richer and i can afford to build one for thefun of it biggrin.gif)

I just want to point out that HTPC's are generally inexpensive. Most expensive part of mine was the 3TB HD. Rest were parts from an old PC.

Due to the forum you are posting on, again, most of us prefer more control over the form and function of our devices rather than the "get what we give you" from a manufacturer.


If all you want is something to play Blu-rays and has little to no customization, by all means go buy a $60 blu-ray player.
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I think an HTPC can be whatever you want it to be. My HTPC is massive overkill... why? Because I want it to be able to do everything. It's just a normal desktop, but in my case the key differences are I have windows set up be used from a couch (large fonts, icons, browser, etc... and i have it in a smaller case which matches the rest of the home theatre equipment like my amp and receiver.
    
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post

...the best disk player in the world is probably DVDFab on the PC

Does that program offer remote control support, or is it mouse/keyboard only? I use a Harmony remote.


Hmm to be honest I don't know...my "remote" is just a wireless mouse (and keyboard if need be, but that isn't needed for DVDFab). Though, I highly doubt that it does do anything like that. It is just the preview option that is used to view the movie. Probably would depend on how customizable your remote's buttons are.
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it's just semantics, you can call it and configure it however you want it.
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What's the difference between a file server, HTPC, PC, mainframe, grid, smartphone, AIO, thin client, router, database server, etc?

They are computers.... each one is just tuned or optimized for different usage.


A HTPC is just a computer optimized to be used a non-primary computer connected to a TV and requires a "10-feet" interface.... generally. How you build it determines what you want out of it. Low-noise and aesthetics are common important factors due to it's placement (aka the "wife factor").

Agree with this, no difference from a regular PC. It's just built for a specific purpose. Why have a huge case when you could have a small one, why have a graphics card when you could use the onboard one or none at all, why should it fit in my pocket when i could use it at a desk.
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Also, I just want to mention, that there usually are not many reasons to not use your existing PC as an HTPC(vs building a new HTPC), unless you have lots of disposable income. 
I recently did some research as to whether it would save me money to build a more energy efficient HTPC. It basically worked out that I would take me over 10 years to pay off the HTPC with the energy savings, so it was not worth it at all. Especially since my gaming PC would be in the same room as the TV anyway. 

It may not save you money but if you don't have anything to begin with a low powered one would save you money over time, not everyone upgrades often or enjoys doing it for the fun of it. If you are upgrading it each year then yes it may not save money because you keep spending more before you recover the energy savings.
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I just guess the term Hoe Theater Personal Computer eluded me for a few years.

That term has eluded me also biggrin.gif
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My new Home Theater PC is getting a new name "CKPC" (Console Killer PC)

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