Does the HTPC still make sense vs streaming devices and smart TVs?

  • Published on Feb 1, 2019
  • In a world of smart TVs and cheap streaming devices - does the HTPC still make sense? See if a Home Theater PC makes sense for you and your media requirements.
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Comments • 36

  • The Handsome Life
    The Handsome Life 28 days ago +1

    The thing with HTPCs, besides doing more stuff, is that there is no obsolescence purposely built in. With non-PC devices, the manufacturer may decide to stop giving OS or software updates. On the hardware side, you can change components to powerful stuff.

  • poshko41
    poshko41 Month ago +1

    The main issue hampering htpcs that hasn’t been addressed is a remote control friendly method of controlling streaming services. The best way of accessing said content is through a browser, but those are optimized for a mouse. It just simply doesn’t pass the average wife/kids test. The closest I came to making it somewhat user friendly was by using a wiimote with a dolphinbar and the third party touchmote software. Even that was somewhat buggy and unreliable though.
    Honestly, the best solution I’ve found today is by combining my setup with an htpc for gaming, a roku for streaming and a harmony hub and amazon echo to make accessing/controlling everything seamless.

    • poshko41
      poshko41 11 days ago +1

      HTPC HTPC Amen brother!! They should release a streaming box and make its frontend software installable on windows.

      HTPC HTPC 11 days ago

      @poshko41 if apple and google can do it, so can microsoft!!!

    • poshko41
      poshko41 13 days ago

      @HTPC HTPC Wouldn't that be amazing? I can't imagine why they wouldn't do it... Sure, the HTPC market is pretty niche, but it is viable market to sell to with very little overhead. They'd only need to overhaul tablet mode a little.

      HTPC HTPC 14 days ago

      I agree 100% Windows really dropped the ball by not developing a "TV Mode" like Tablet Mode that makes use of a remote and simple inputs like streaming device remotes

  • BlueDragon992
    BlueDragon992 Month ago

    It does if you want to natively run games at higher quality and performance than consoles in addition to watching movies and TV shows.

  • Brian
    Brian 3 months ago

    That kindle fire doesn't have everything. Limited. Period. And hacking it is stupid AF.

  • Robin Clifford
    Robin Clifford 3 months ago

    Hmmm!!! Whats the point of A HTPC if theirs no TV Tuner Cards,,,,,, DVR system with plex Live tv is cheaper that Tivo

  • VillaMasterSF
    VillaMasterSF 3 months ago +2

    pretty dumb setup in my opinion to close to a real gaming pc .... specwise

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    In my opinion, the best of both worlds is a Mac Mini streaming to multiple AppleTV devices around the house. Things like web browsing, etc. can easily be done on my iPhone or iPad, and if I find a video I want to watch while browsing, that can be streamed to the AppleTV directly from my mobile device. My Mac Mini is primarily for my large local media library. With this setup I have the freedom to watch all my local content, but I have the ease of use, optimized UI and low (zero) maintenance of a dedicated streaming device.

    • Brian
      Brian 3 months ago +1

      Mac. 🚮

  • FriedGames
    FriedGames 4 months ago

    If you still have your old htpc hardware, you can still use it for things like a file server/NAS or even an android os pc with androidx86. Just a thought.

  • tubeslats
    tubeslats 4 months ago

    How much for power consumption per month or yr?

    DER RÜTTLER 5 months ago

    If you're willing to jump through hoops you can actually install external apps on devices like an Amazon Fire Stick.

    • Zach Balfour
      Zach Balfour 2 months ago

      @Brian Building a PC? Waste of time.

    • Brian
      Brian 3 months ago

      Extra hoops? Waste of time.

    DER RÜTTLER 5 months ago +2

    The HTPC in this video looks way overbuilt.
    You can build a PC for like 300 bucks (without a GPU), you can get a Raspberry Pi 4 for about 80, both of which should be able to handle video streaming just fine.
    If you want to play games on your HTPC you can add a GPU for another 200 bucks, or you can use Steam Link to stream the games from your gaming PC if you have one.

  • XBMCMe
    XBMCMe 5 months ago +2

    It does if your media is sitting in a media server. ;)

  • Gonzalo ML
    Gonzalo ML 6 months ago +1

    any 2 core or low 4core cpu would be enough. time to research 4k

  • Gerard W.
    Gerard W. 6 months ago +2

    Tbh, at full 4K resolution while gaming, you are definitely gpu performance restricted, so that 8700 wasn’t necessary at all.

    • Jon L
      Jon L 6 months ago +1

      i'm sure he knows he can't play system draining games at 4k maxed out on a 1060...i doubt that it was ever his intention to do so

  • justin bailey
    justin bailey 7 months ago

    in future align your cpu cooler fins to the direction of air through the case. doing so would also have kept the heat pips away from the ram

    • Daniel Summerville
      Daniel Summerville 5 months ago

      It's got a fan underneath it my dude. Even so, check @7:40. What you're suggesting would be entirely impossible as the size is asymmetric - the heat pipe bends are on the shortest side and it can't be mounted any other way.

  • aquilesriffo
    aquilesriffo 7 months ago +8

    HTPC is a real all in one ( games , streaming , even server )

  • Damian Antonelli
    Damian Antonelli 8 months ago

    Is a 550W power supply really enough for that setup?

    • Jon L
      Jon L 6 months ago +1

      it's more than enough. being able to run more power actually does not mean the system will run more efficiently. for a builld like his, you would get the best efficiency results with a quality 400w PSU. at the same time, this obviously limits upgrades that you may not know you will want in a few years. most people do not know they're using a PSU that is running less efficiently because of it being more powerful than the average load and even top load requires.

    • MangoTango
      MangoTango 8 months ago

      Damian Antonelli It should be. I have a r1600 at 3.8 and rx 580 on an old 400w

  • WaxTapeCdEatter
    WaxTapeCdEatter 8 months ago

    Htpc is close to a gaming pc.
    I want to build a htpc but its pricey.
    My Pc for gaming is just for gaming. Web browser here and there. That's it....but I'm thinking of
    Just getting xbox one slim just for Dvd.and blue ray...that's it since I have a nice collections of physical format
    I think that's the smart way to save money.

    • Raúl Jiménez
      Raúl Jiménez 7 months ago

      I'd suggest to have a look at the Dell Optiplex 3010 with a Geforce GTX 1650 and a storage upgrade before looking to buy an xbox. It's okay for PC gaming and excellent for movies.

  • Alex Knight
    Alex Knight 9 months ago +2

    Good video but what about cases where you have a powerful system in the house and streaming to a cheap HTPC. Like game streaming.
    The shield works well (I use it) but with a keyboard and mouse ... or even all controllers ... I find that shield doesn’t have all the functionality of a full pc (ie gaming mouse with hot keys )

    • Alex Knight
      Alex Knight 9 months ago

      Plus consoles or stuff like shield ... while powerful ... chokes up when you got it as a plex server and it’s decrypting 4+ 4K streams and you try to stream a game same time. Bandwidth not the issue. It has to decrypt and encrypt. Can’t handle that much

  • djmhyde
    djmhyde 9 months ago +10

    for me, compare a HTPC with a streaming device like chromecast or a smart TV is the same as compare a Bentley with a Honda Civic, both do the same things, and one costs a lot more than the other, but at the same time is much better...
    i have an HTPC connected to a Smart TV, i've never ever used the smart funcionality of my TV, cause it feel too limited compared with my PC, and i can't see me changing anytime soon

  • Dries Vermeulen
    Dries Vermeulen 10 months ago +1

    I use steam sharing if I want to play a game on my htpc from my main gaming pc.

  • Conan Mills
    Conan Mills 10 months ago

    I thought about building a HTPC. It would have lived in the same location as my PS4, so I built a NAS instead and stream my media to my PS4 with Plex. I just felt the NAS would give me more functionality than the HTPC. So far its worked well for me, but that was my specific use case.