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Ok so I have a media server I just built that will be for backups, torrents, and streaming to my bluray for my TV. I am moving next week and will be getting verizon fios dvr. I am wondering is there anyway I will be able to hook the dvr up to my system to get movies and shows stored on my server without an htpc? Or would I be better off turning my server into an htpc?
Edited by -bl4ck- - 7/26/11 at 9:40am
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I don't think so, does the DVR have USB or Ethernet capability? I.E play video files off an external hard drive? And even if it did, I'm guessing the file formats will be limited.

I recommend an htpc, unless it's out of budget. Or if you have a PS3 or Xbox 360, you can use those but file format is again limited without using PS3MediaServer
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I think htpc would be better route the more I think about it. would this hardware be good enough, mainly the onboard video?


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Edited by -bl4ck- - 7/27/11 at 10:26am
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Yes, for purely playing videos, the onboard is good enough. I have the same i3 in mine but with a different H57 board and it has no problems with 1080p blu-ray rips or online videos.

Why are you putting a RAID 5 in the htpc though? If you already have a media server, why not stream everything from it?
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not sure lol I will prob just get small ssd for os then stream everything. Thanks!
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I think htpc would be better route the more I think about it. would this hardware be good enough, mainly the onboard video?


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Yeah, with those specs you will be fine. You could easily stream all of you media from your server to this htpc and be fine.
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Cablecard
hauppauge HD PVR
hauppauge colossus

The cablecard will eliminate the need for the Fios DVR, the other 2 are fun toys. Those are your only 3 options for Pay TV recroding.
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post #8 of 11
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A few questions:

1. If I get a cable card will I need the hauppauge colossus and PVR or just colossus? Or should I look for centon card? Needs to be HD recording
2. If I have an htpc will I be able to record the shows directly to the server like if I have the network drive mapped and everything?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by -bl4ck- View Post
A few questions:

1. If I get a cable card will I need the hauppauge colossus and PVR or just colossus? Or should I look for centon card? Needs to be HD recording
2. If I have an htpc will I be able to record the shows directly to the server like if I have the network drive mapped and everything?
1.Neither the hauppauge colossus or PVR are CableCARD tuners. The colossus is a PCIe card that can record up to 1080i video from component or HDMI video sources that are DRM-free. The PVR is an external USB device that only has component. You would only need one of them if you want to record via component.

You will need a CableCARD + Ceton Tuner if you want to more than one channel at a time up to 4 (you will not be able to record On-Demand channels) I believe the Ceton is the only CableCard tuner at this time, i think hauppauge is working on one though.

2. Yes, you can record to mapped drives
Edited by Jonowxeno - 7/28/11 at 10:35am
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post #10 of 11
Don't know if this helps but I have verizon FiOS and the DVR has a USB
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