We're still waiting on a simple and effective solution for wireless HD in the home, but when it comes to streaming from the PC, there are at least a few options available. The latest from Asus is not only inexpensive, but it's about as easy as it gets.
The ReQuest F. Series media server is getting a nice update later this month that includes the Pandora music service. If you've used Pandora before, you won't have any problems jumping right in. You can make custom channels, rate songs and listen to plenty of music.
The iPad is making some real headway in the home theater market. There have been plenty of apps created to let you control your media system and navigate your music collection, but now companies like Okoro are beginning to bundle the device right in with their systems.
The Popbox has been a long time coming, and it's starting to lose a lot of its appeal. Sure it looks like a fine media player, but where it was once alone in the space, it's now surrounded by other options.
If you've tried getting video from your computer to your television without an HTPC or standalone media player, you probably ran into a few problems along the way. Blu-ray players, game systems and even TVs are capable of handling some files, but usually not all.