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I've been reading some threads about HTPC's and I'm wondering, what is the point of them and what type of benefits do they offer?

If anyone could really enlighten me as to why these are cool things to have, please do
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Bassically a PC under your TV to store all you movies and programs digitally. Also easy to use with media remote takes advantages of your PC and makes them accessible to everyone.

Sorry i didnt explain very well, busy at work lol
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I've been reading some threads about HTPC's and I'm wondering, what is the point of them and what type of benefits do they offer?

If anyone could really enlighten me as to why these are cool things to have, please do
With HDTV's HTPCs are really nice.. I have mine running my living room and master bedroom.. I use it for movies, tv, hdtv, music, photos (as screensaver), dvr, and even playing games.. And don't forget about internet pron in HD on the bigscreen..


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HTPC just means home theater PC. If you're done any research you should already know what they are...lol.

They record your TV, and let you play it back whenever you want. You can also store your movies and music on them to be played back whenever you feel like it. Browsing the internet on your HDTV is sometimes a plus side if you are using an OS that allows it.
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With HDTV's HTPCs are really nice.. I have mine running my living room and master bedroom.. I use it for movies, tv, hdtv, music, photos (as screensaver), dvr, and even playing games.. And don't forget about internet pron in HD on the bigscreen..


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I have a 42" Plasma and the quality suck.....maybe my g-card or tv tuner card sucks. What do you have in that respect to give you great quality?
    
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I have a 42" Plasma and the quality suck.....maybe my g-card or tv tuner card sucks. What do you have in that respect to give you great quality?
Turn up the resolution.
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I do an d it still sucks....
    
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What progs are you using? I was using BeyondTV
    
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I have heard that plasmas have a much lower resolution and thus display poorly.. IDK for sure tho.. And if you are just hooked up by RCA or S-video cables then you will get a bad picture.. You should hook up the HDMI or any HD/PC cable to it instead..

Is it the pc, windows, all programs that suck? Or is it just the TV tuner that sucks?

I have a Wintv that sucks balls.. The picture is fuzzy and just plain crappy.. I have an 8 year old Hauppauge that doesn't even have drivers made for XP.. I used ATI's instead.. The picture/price is top notch from Hauppauge imo..
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A HTPC is a TIVO on steroids. You take the functionality of a TIVO and add in all of the computer functions of a regular computer and you have a HTPC. The great thing about HTPCs is that because it is a regular computer, you can do so much more than just recording TV. You can surf the net, view pics/videos, game, anything your computer can do in the comfort of your living room TV. And because HDs are so cheap these days, you can expand your storage for much cheaper than to buy the larger TIVOs. Plus, there's no monthly fees.

HTPCs are getting their own specialized equipment. There are cases that are built to mimic the designs of AV equipment to fit on entertainment racks. There are even cases now built with small LCD touchscreens.

Because no one wants to hear the sound of fans spinning while watching shows, HTPCs are generally made to be as quiet as possible. Some even go as far as cooling the system passively via underclocking chips (not what we want to hear).
    
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