There are a few advantages that a home-built Home Theater PCs (HTPCs) give you over TiVos or cable provider DVRs. Among them are the lack of subscription fees, the ability to play back DivX and other downloaded programs, and the fact that you can use it as a computer when you're not watching TV on it. This is why, despite CableCARD HTPCs shipping soon, people are still opting to build their own—albeit only broadcast HD—DVRs.
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