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Not sure where to even put this in OCN...

I've been thinking of building an HTPC for over a year now, I also want a tablet and the Xoom and iPad2 look very interesting.

Why not get a tablet and turn it into a HTPC of sorts...problem is I can't figure out how to make either one of these work.

If I utilize the tablet I will obviously just stick with my DVR from the cable company to continue recording shows.

Say I get the Xoom and a software update unlocks the USB hosting to allow an external drive to store all my movie/show needs. I could just hook in the HDMI cable and play them straight to my TV. Surf the internet? same thing and setup the bluetooth keyboard and away I go...Emulator games, hook up the Wiimote and go to town...

What about the iPad, well this could be an even more streamlined system by also purchasing an AppleTV and I could stream everything wirelessly. However, I would have to attain all my shows movies through iTunes which can be a pain. I have seen hacks on the AppleTV to allow more lenient access to data around the net but I am not entirely sure on how that works. Apple certainly has more full featured apps especially specifically for tablet/TV sized formats.

Anyone have more knowledge, links, ideas on something similar to what I am asking? I love the idea of having a tablet around the house but also utilizing it with my TV as an HTPC....help.
Edited by Shadowclock - 3/2/11 at 2:38pm
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Sounds seriously underpowered. Can these things do 1080p. I gotta say no way. I guess to use now and then but this couldn't act as a main htpc. At least not in my house.
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Sounds seriously underpowered. Can these things do 1080p. I gotta say no way. I guess to use now and then but this couldn't act as a main htpc. At least not in my house.
Actually they do in fact. Not ANY 1080p but proper video encryption they do. The other thing is that my TV is only 720p so its all good
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