Looks like Western Digital is preparing a new version of their WDTV media player. The WDTV has similar innards as the SageTV HD Theater, minus the HTPC extender capabilities among other things. But it comes at a lower price (available under $99) and seems to have a pretty active user developer community. The WDTV 2 is reported to add network playback over Ethernet, DTS audio decoding and a component video port to go along with HDMI. So it should be a little more comparable the the SageTV HD Theater if the reports are correct.
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