I’m not talking about the masses. They can use all their sticks and cable boxes or whatever. I’m talking about people I know who I directly tell to do this. There is no reason to not do HTPC if you are a nerd who knows better.
If you can’t afford an HTPC, because it’s an entire extra computer, run an HDMI cable from the computer you already have. Problem solved. An HDMI cable is even cheaper than a Roku.
I’ve never had trouble using the wireless keyboard and mouse from the couch. You also don’t need to. There are always other software interfaces you can use to minimize the need for keyboard and mouse, such as Steam big picture mode.
If you want to have a YouTube party and control it from your couch, you can do this! Go to https://youtube.com/tv/ and be amazed!
Remember there is nothing. Absolutely nothing that one of these useless sticks can do that an actual honest to god PC can not do. Meanwhile, the number of things that an HTPC can do that no proprietary box ever created can do are countless.