I just setup a Pluto Home system (smarthome + media server, plutohome.com, free open source). Its really cool. It has a streaming movie server, music server, PVR. Plus it does home automation and controls a/v equipment too. Theres only 1 problem You designate 1 PC to be the server; they call it the core. It exposes a network boot image for any other PC in the house, so your PC becomes dual purposenormal PC, or net boot and its a set top box. You control it with Bluetooth mobile phones or web pads. And all the set top boxes in the house work together. Your media even follows you as you move from room to room if you keep the phone on. The problem is I dont have enough media PCs for all the rooms in my house, and buying a full PC for each room is too expensive. Plus theres no video cards for the PC that have component video outputwhich is the only way I can get HDTV into my TV. The Pinnacle seems perfect as a media director. Right now, you cant do a lot with it. But if it worked as a media director, it would be part of a whole house solution that did everything. I could even use the Pinnacles menu to turn on my sprinklers if I wanted. Plus, since Pluto gives it a network boot image, space is no longer an issueall the software could be stored on the main server. And the ShowCenter 200 has component video and its silent. Does anybody have an idea if it would be possible to use the ShowCenter 200 as a media director like that, doing a network boot? Then I could just buy a few of the Pinnacles rather than having to buy regular PCs.