Welcome to the future of HTPCs. Now, it is time to take a look into the future to discuss how the home entertainment industry will be developing and how media centers fit into the big picture. Will home theater computers be all about streaming from the server to their clients? Front-end devices will get smaller and smaller or become embedded inside TVs, but you’ll still need to stream the content from somewhere, so computers are still needed in the home theater ecosystem. I will also reveal how to experience the future with today’s technologies.
The results are in! It is time to take a look at what home theater computers, cases, processors and accessories have been popular in year 2013. The following is a compilation of the most purchased products on Amazon – by our readers.
Building your own media PC is not as complicated as many people think. However, you can make the building process even smoother by following these four steps. In this article, you will learn to carefully plan components selection, use at least 6 months old components, use the right tools and pay attention to the cable management.
We organized a poll to find out the most popular HTPC case for our recommended builds. There has been several new case releases already this year, so the poll result was somewhat surprising. Read more to find out which ones were the top 3 cases.
In this ultimate guide, I will plan and build a custom home theater PC from start to finish. This guide is very practical (because I have purchased these recommended components for myself, too), so after reading this article you will feel much more comfortable in getting started with your own project.
Blu-ray disc players and Internet TVs have developed a lot in the recent years and there are more and more features to access online video and music content. In this article, we will have a look at the Sony BDP-S480 Blu-ray Disc Player to see whether it can replace a media PC.
This guest post is by Rob de Maat. With the growing number of computers in my household, as well the growing digitization of media there came a point where I decided to invest in hardware and software to make things go easier. The whole project did not go as smoothly as I had expected, some challenges were nice, but there were a few lessons I learned.
So, I decided to try Apple TV 2 out to see how well it would perform as a home theater computer. In this article, you will learn why my wife is currently using an ATV2 and why I still have another HTPC in our living room.
Building a centralized storage for your media files does not necessarily need to be expensive. In this guide, you will learn how to build your own home media server with FreeNAS software by utilizing old computer parts.
In this guide, I will give you a detailed walkthrough on how to install a solid state drive to Mac Mini (2009 model). Please note that most of this guide is also applicable to a 2011 model of Mac Mini and also to other home theater PCs, but obviously the teardown steps are different.