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Other Blu-ray player Vs HTPC

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ac4155, 17 Aug 2010.


Which is better Blu-ray player or HTPC?

  1. Blu-ray player

    1 vote(s)
  2. HTPC

    13 vote(s)
  1. ac4155

    ac4155 New Member

    27 Dec 2009
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    Hi all,

    So, I have a question for you all to help me pick my next buy.

    I would like a blu-ray player so i can watch blu-rays.

    I had plan on building a HTPC so that i could surf the internet and watch internet content on my TV, play Blu-rays and DVD's and also be able to access certain programs on my Tv such as iTunes, Spotify, Boxee, etc. I would also be able to upgrade this as time moves on as i would have built it, and at a later date I plan on adding a TV tuner (when they our finally released) to allow me to pick up HD freeview on it as well. I would also be able to store content on this as well. But this would cost more.

    However, I could just buy a Blu-ray player which would allow me to view limited internet content and blu-ray's. this would be less upgradeable and also restricted to what content I can get on it (no HD freeview ect.) this would be the cheaper option. The one i had in mind would have been alone the lines of: http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/samsung-bd-c5300-blu-ray-player-6-free-blu-ray-films-06525299-pdt.html

    So, what is your opinion?

    Blu-ray player or HTPC
  2. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    PS3 tbh.

    It'll stream and play stuff like a HTPC, but is also (apparently) one of the best Blu-ray players out there, and at least you can rely on consistent firmware updates too. The only limitation is the TV.
  3. andreinuk

    andreinuk Active Member

    20 May 2009
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    Depends on what kit you already have. I'm in the process of building a media centre solely for music and videos/blu-ray.

    I already have enough old kit lying around as I seem to be unable to sell anything once I have upgraded. I seem to collect hardware.

    The only thing I am buying new for the centre is the materials to build the case and an ati 4350.

    So far I've spent £30 on aluminium and mdf for the case build and the graphics card will only be £30 tops.

    If you've got old kit like a lot of the members will have then building your own would probably be cheaper and possibly more enjoyable as its your own creation.

    If you are buying everthing new then its a harder choice.

    But for me its definitely HTPC. I've always want to build my own case and this is the ideal excuse if I ever needed one at all.
  4. Akava

    Akava Lurking...

    28 Jul 2007
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    As much as I hate to admit it (I don't like consoles much), I agree with Bindi on this one. It'll get you all you want and in a nice neat package.

    Otherwise out of the original choices; HTPC. The flexiblity alone that comes with a computer as apposed to a standard Blu-ray box would be the selling point for me.

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