Home theater PC


Robert Neagoe
by Robert Neagoe
Content Analyst
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A Home Theater PC (HTPC) or Media Center computer is a convergence device that combines some or all the capabilities of a personal computer with a software application that supports video, photo, audio playback, and sometimes video recording functionality. Although computers with some of these capabilities were available from the late 1980s, the “Home Theater PC” term first appeared in mainstream press in 1996.