There has been a lot of discussion of late about NPVR extenders, this has been driven by a few things, Sage being scooped up by google, A100 and A110 supplies drying up and Martin feeling that the love for extenders isn't there, so I'd like to let you know where I'm at.
For me extenders makes NPVR amazing, I remember getting an ebay MVP for gbpvr and suddenly I saw the future of integrated media, and the PCH just made it a better experience. These days I have a PCH in the bedroom and a PC client in the Kitchen...and dare I say it but I prefer the pc client.
Most if not all of the video render/sync issues are now gone with windows 7, and the new low power low cost APU's mean the boxes are small and in some cases silent, cost wise you can put a box together for £200 -£250 and it's only going to get cheaper as time goes by, price wise it's not a massive leap over a PCH (if you can get one) and the functionality you get from having a fully blown pc is easily worth the extra cash in my opinion but the biggest issue is having to fork out for win7, it kind of kills the idea on a cost basis.
I see that android has now been ported to x86 AMD, is this an opportunity to develop a client on a stable open source platform? or perhaps some other flavour of Linux? Of course this is easy for me to say from the simplistic view as an end user who doesn't code this stuff, and maybe I'm alone in thinking this but I'd like to know what others think.
Anyway to summarise, my view is that the future of NPVR extenders is PC based.....I just wish the OS wasn't so damn expensive.