Ars HTPC Guide: December 2010

The fact that HTPC-like capabilities now come bundled with so many home theater products makes the HTPC that much harder to place in today's media center. Think about the problem in light of the four typical tasks of a HTPC: timeshifting/recording live TV (via over-the-air [OTA], cable, or satellite), Blu-ray and DVD playback, streaming online content, and playing back previously downloaded content. If your existing equipment can do all or most of this already, or if one or two new special-purpose boxes are cheaper than an HTPC, why would one bother?

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