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Old 11-16-2012, 12:11 PM   #1
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:01 PM   #2
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I feel bad for anyone still using a HTPC.

I used a HTPC till 2002 or so.

Can't imagine still trying to make M$ product work.

Of couse,... Linux was more fun but ultimately always missing something.

When you can get a "real" blu ray player for $100,... it must be sadness to keep fiddling with a PC hoping the right service pack and security update will finally make the difference.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:52 PM   #3
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Yeah, it's annoying.

I do have real Blu-ray player and a PS3, but those are in the family room and my family usually makes too much noise, argue alot etc so I watch in my room unless no one else is home or whatever.

Most Blu-ray titles work on my PC. I've only had a few that don't work
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:13 PM   #4
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i hate it it comes on every single time i pop a disc into my drive even if its jsut a cd
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:06 PM   #5
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I feel bad for anyone still using a HTPC.

I used a HTPC till 2002 or so.

Can't imagine still trying to make M$ product work.

Of couse,... Linux was more fun but ultimately always missing something.

When you can get a "real" blu ray player for $100,... it must be sadness to keep fiddling with a PC hoping the right service pack and security update will finally make the difference.
You haven't read the JRiver review have you? I haven't had a problem with it yet and I don't regret getting rid of my standalone. Here's the link from Home Theater review.

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Old 11-16-2012, 08:04 PM   #6
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I guess I Still use a htpc none that I think about it.

I have an old MacBook loaded with nothing but lossless audio setup as a media streamer. Also feeding my avr directly via coax digital output.

Sort of forgot that... It's trouble free.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:50 PM   #7
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I feel bad for anyone still using a HTPC.

I used a HTPC till 2002 or so.

Can't imagine still trying to make M$ product work.

Of couse,... Linux was more fun but ultimately always missing something.

When you can get a "real" blu ray player for $100,... it must be sadness to keep fiddling with a PC hoping the right service pack and security update will finally make the difference.
I feel bad for people who sit through unskipable trailers, countless FBI warnings, bloated menus and long load times. A ripped 1:1 blu ray running from an HTPC is audio/video nirvana in my books. I've owned an oppo, a Sony mega changer and a ps3 as far as stand alone players are concerned and the HTPC was the best investment I've ever made.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:43 AM   #8
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Those are fantastic advantages.

Currently nearing 800 Blu Rays,...I don't want to invest in the hard drive space or the time to make it happen.

But,.. That is great though. Sometimes it takes me several minutes to get a movie started for my kids. Turning off "allow internet access" for Blu Rays helped with that a lot though. Typically the top menu button actually works.

Just remember all those FBI warnings are there to remind you your setup is illegal and can result in jail time. Federal crimes are not eligable for parole and have minimum sentencing. I only know that because someone I know is currently doing 15 for something fairly minor.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:45 AM   #9
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Those are fantastic advantages.

Currently nearing 800 Blu Rays,...I don't want to invest in the hard drive space or the time to make it happen.

But,.. That is great though. Sometimes it takes me several minutes to get a movie started for my kids. Turning off "allow internet access" for Blu Rays helped with that a lot though. Typically the top menu button actually works.

Just remember all those FBI warnings are there to remind you your setup is illegal and can result in jail time. Federal crimes are not eligable for parole and have minimum sentencing. I only know that because someone I know is currently doing 15 for something fairly minor.
800 blu's is a whole lot indeed

I've got around 180 HD movies (Between Blu and HDDVD) and at 1:1 they do take up a lot of space. I've got 5TB's mirrored right now. 2x 2TB drives and 2x 3TB drives. I can appreciate the FBI warnings, but when I've got all my originals sitting right next to my media center I think I'll take my chances in court. That combined with the fact I've never had torrent software installed locally I'm guessing I'm not on anyones list to come have my door knocked on. I suppose they could come find me through my posts on here each time I talk about it

Though I am against pirating, this image couldn't be more true from a user experience standpoint:

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^... that's funny but so true.
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That's why I start the disc then do a few things before I'm really ready to watch
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:17 PM   #12
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I'm thankful for this thread. It made me realize that in fact I do STILL use a htpc. It's just a Mac. I've kind of been neglecting it but I'm having fun now working with it.

Cuts inlay not the intention of the thread but a happy result.

Long live htpc.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:20 PM   #13
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That's why I start the disc then do a few things before I'm really ready to watch
+1 pop some popcorn - go to the head real quick - whatever and I'm ready when I get back
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800 blu's is a whole lot indeed

I've got around 180 HD movies (Between Blu and HDDVD) and at 1:1 they do take up a lot of space. I've got 5TB's mirrored right now. 2x 2TB drives and 2x 3TB drives. I can appreciate the FBI warnings, but when I've got all my originals sitting right next to my media center I think I'll take my chances in court. That combined with the fact I've never had torrent software installed locally I'm guessing I'm not on anyones list to come have my door knocked on. I suppose they could come find me through my posts on here each time I talk about it

Though I am against pirating, this image couldn't be more true from a user experience standpoint:

Not true at all, and it's really just an excuse for pirates to hide behind. They pirate not because of trailers, unskippable or otherwise. They pirate because they don't want to spend money. It's that simple.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:14 PM   #15
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Not true at all, and it's really just an excuse for pirates to hide behind. They pirate not because of trailers, unskippable or otherwise. They pirate because they don't want to spend money. It's that simple.
I don't pirate a stitch and being able to call up any of my movies instantly is really quite amazing. The setup I have is light years away from the BDP-CX7000ES I use to own, that thing was finicky as heck, forgetting movies, not loading them consistently, taking ages to seek and find titles. Really, I will gladly skirt the law and continue to rip my own media and receive the user experience we all deserve for actually being paying customers.

I think the overhead that blu-ray adds is a complete joke. I've bought and paid for my movie yet I need to sit through all that rubbish? I don't buy into putting the disc in and then walking away and doing something else reasoning, the movie studios don't put all that bloat on their digital copies, why put it on the physical copies?
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I don't pirate a stitch and being able to call up any of my movies instantly is really quite amazing. The setup I have is light years away from the BDP-CX7000ES I use to own, that thing was finicky as heck, forgetting movies, not loading them consistently, taking ages to seek and find titles. Really, I will gladly skirt the law and continue to rip my own media and receive the user experience we all deserve for actually being paying customers.

I think the overhead that blu-ray adds is a complete joke. I've bought and paid for my movie yet I need to sit through all that rubbish? I don't buy into putting the disc in and then walking away and doing something else reasoning, the movie studios don't put all that bloat on their digital copies, why put it on the physical copies?
As we all know - the discussion of BD ripping is against site policy. Let's refrain from talking about it to keep this thread alive. Otherwise I will close it.

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Not true at all, and it's really just an excuse for pirates to hide behind. They pirate not because of trailers, unskippable or otherwise. They pirate because they don't want to spend money. It's that simple.
The person you replied to was not making an argument for piracy despite the fact the image they posted was framed within that context. They posted that pic to demonstrate the complete insanity that naturally drives "paying" customers to find alternate means of enjoying the content they "legally" purchased. That should have been clear based on the comment below which prefaced the pic they posted.

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Though I am against pirating, this image couldn't be more true from a "user experience standpoint".

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i hate it it comes on every single time i pop a disc into my drive even if its jsut a cd
Autoplay can be disabled or set to default to a different program for a given type of media. I would also think PowerDVD must offer a settings option which presents a more compact view when it launches. If not, there are plenty of alternatives out there. TMT5 and WinDVD come to mind.
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What I want to know is why they put a Band of Brothers poster for Skyfall. So random
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I feel bad for anyone still using a HTPC.

I used a HTPC till 2002 or so.

Can't imagine still trying to make M$ product work.

Of couse,... Linux was more fun but ultimately always missing something.

When you can get a "real" blu ray player for $100,... it must be sadness to keep fiddling with a PC hoping the right service pack and security update will finally make the difference.
I have no issues with my Microsoft products. I only use my desktop for Netflix and unblock us (at least as far as TV viewing goes), while I use my laptop for Netflix and unblock us, and foreign blus if I'm travelling, because most people I know lack region B players. The issues I have with software are usually due to 3rd party manufacturers, rather than MS themselves. MS works a heck if a lot better than Apple.
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