We cut the cord on cable TV about a year ago, and haven't looked back:
I have the basic broadcast channels still coming in over the coax wire.
I have a Linux box plugged in to the TV via HDMI, with which we mostly use a combination of XBMC and Firefox to cover lots of media options (including Youtube, Pandora, Hulu, and Amazon VOD, amongst others).
I have an HDHomeRun box which works as a DVR with mythtv software. For the sake of argument, let's assume that I currently have it properly configured.
I have a PS3 which we use for watching disc-based media, and currently use for Netflix (because Linux and Netflix don't get along very well).
For remote controls, we use 1 IR remote for the TV, 1 IR remote for the stereo system, a Bluetooth remote for the PS3, and an old android phone for controlling stuff on the Linux box over wifi.
Recently reading news about the upcoming Harmony Link
, I wondered if it would work for us to at least reduce our remote control count a bit.
But then.. I realized that the Logitech Revue, which does the exact same thing plus runs GoogleTV on top of that, costs exactly the same amount now ($99).
So, here's the real tl;dr question:
Logitech Revue says that one of the "requirements" is a cable box. If I don't have a cable box, and instead I pipe my Home Theater PC through it via HDMI, will I still get additional value from the Google TV features? What is the feature that it adds for which it says a cable box is a mandatory requirement?
I know that it would centralize a lot of the things I already do, even though there's overlap, and might do them better -- Netflix directly on the GoogleTV instead of needing to use the PS3 bluetooth remote; Amazon VOD without the clunky interface of using Firefox and the inevitable Flash issues. etcetera etcetera.
Am definitely considering the purchase anyway; I just want to make sure it will function properly.