Media Centre PCs - do we need them?

  coggie 10:53 05 Feb 2005

Having read the article in the latest PC Advisor, it does not actually make it clear that you can't just buy XP Media Centre ( refuse to use US spelling!)as software to upgrade your PC - my understanding is that you have to buy a MC spec'd PC, which currently seem to start at about £1,000. Do we need to spend this to connect our PC media to tv's and hi-fi's etc if we have a wireless network?

I haven't really researched it much yet, but it seems that people like Pinnacle produce boxes which effectively do this. Has anyone found such a solution? I would also appreciate the input of PC Advisor on this and they may like to add this to their helpline postings in the magazine ( I can't see where to post to this from the mag. or this site).


  Completealias 11:03 05 Feb 2005

Must admit it down to personal choice whether or not u wish to fork out for a MCE PC or not for students with minimal space thou they could well do the job as there are all in 1. I must say thou that the mesh offering in pc advisor article look like a well spec'd and priced offering.

Like anything thou I guess theres workarounds and solutions if u want to get this conectivity but not use MCE

  Storik 11:17 05 Feb 2005

I am totally disinterested, but then one man's meat etc........

Can't see the point of adding a TV card etc. Although,I'm sure someone will point out the benefits.


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:35 05 Feb 2005

Wife tends to record over my progams on tape with soap operas.

TV card allows me to record to my hard disk. She doesn't touch the computer!

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