I've found a thread here on this topic but it was over a year old and they were talking about stuff like "when the 4 tuner thing comes out" etc...so I figured I'd start a thread to pick up the "advances in technology". Here are some initial questions that come to my mind: So what are some of the differences between going HTPC vs. TiVo? Are there other HTPC softwares you can launch instead of the built-in Windows Media Center? What does the XBox do? Allow you to stream "live TV" to another room? Can you stream "live TV" to a normal computer running WMC or some other software? You can stream any recording from a HTPC via Windows Media Player right? My TiVo does not allow premium channels to be transferred via TiVo Desktop. Will a WMC be any different? Can you break the protection in the HTPC (like many other PC files) and "transfer" it anywhere you want, including burn it to a DVD? Does WMC take a lot to run? For example, what kind of HTPC do you need to multitask WMC watching TV while playing say...Crysis (on a separate screen).