If you think you need an i3 or greater for DVR and hulu/netflix, you are clearly deluded. I'm running an Athlon XII 4050e and it works fine -- even recording three channels simultaneously and streaming to another computer.
That said, I bought 1 from aaawave.com, and their website returned an error. Paypal charged me, and I could see a receipt on their website. So I assume the order went through. I won't know for sure till I receive the unit though.
According to the guys at OpenELEC[openelec.tv], this box runs 1080p BD rips just fine, and navigation is smooth.
Yeah, as whiteshadow says, netflix currently uses MS Silverlight which is a horrid bit of code. Much like Flash before 10.1, it can't offload to a GPU.
However, in theory, that means it COULD be fixed. Either by Netflix moving away from Silverlight to a platform that doesn't suck or by MS updating Silverlight so that it doesn't suck.
But yeah, in it's current state, there's no way this plays HD Netflix. If Netflix even works on openELEC (I'm not sure that it does). OpenELEC is just a bare-minimum OS, essentially Linux tuned for XBMC purposes.
I won't TD it, but it's not a good deal, considering you're likely get rid of it when the slow Atom infuriates you. I have an Atom based HTPC. It's ok for running XBMC, but with a large library, even that can be slow. You can forget using WMC on it for live TV or PVR usage. And Netflix / YouTube in HD comes across as a slide show.
If you want something strictly for XBMC, get a RasberryPI. If you want a real HTPC, get a Ivy Bridge Celeron or i3.
I'm sure there will be those coming in saying they love their Atom based HTPC. They're in denial. I was one of them. Again, ok for XBMC, but at that point, you can get 3 RasberryPI's for the price of one of these and they do the same thing.
Lots of people do things on their HTPC besides watch movies and TV. I have a home built HTPC in the living room and have no interest in hooking up a TV Tuner. I consider myself "serious."
And I use my HTPC as my fileserver. My post was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek response to the person I quoted, hence why it started the way it did. The beauty of HTPC is that you can custom-tailor it to do exactly what you want, no more, not less. So telling someone what "serious" HTPC users do is a slap in the face to anyone who does something different.
Though OOC, what do you use it for besides movies and TV? I'm always looking for new applications.
Also, do you have no interest because you just don't watch TV? Honestly, having an HTPC serve as my cable box has made it impossible to use any other form of cable box. To each their own, of course -- I'm just curious.
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