I concluded this year that an HTPC isn't for me.
I wanted a multi-room, server-client DVR and movie system. I wanted the DVR to use a 4+ Tuner cable card. I wanted movie playback to work on complete disc rips, with special features and support TV series.
I couldn't find a reasonable to build that. I found these were options:
@ multi-room, server-client DVR
@ single-room DVR and movie system with complete disc rips
@ multi-room, (each room an individually configured PC) movie system
@ multi-room, client server DVR and with finicky, fragile ripped/transcoded movie server
I realized DVR was most important feature, with SAF, cost, and ease of use as next in line. So I bought the new TiVo Roamio and TiVo mini.
I also was losing confidence in a WMC-based system, since it appears unchanged in 5 years and abandoned by MS. Extenders don't work with Win8. Xbox One doesn't support WMC. I worry about buying into obsolescence and that's was WMC felt like (TiVo, natch).
I'll revisit the topic when I build my basement HT. That use could make it worthwhile to have a dedicated movie media system, that could play full-disc rips without needing to stream to other rooms. And a $250 mini would provide DVR access, so that would not be an extra complication for a basement HTPC.
Edited by DaveF, December 08 2013 - 05:11 AM.