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I'm tired of issues with Comcast, Dish, etc. So I've decided to drop them in favor of an HTPC.

I get 7 HD channels over the air for free (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and two other local channels). I mostly watch Netflix, but have Amazon Prime so I get their streaming videos as well.

My question is this:
What is the minimum I need in order to use this as a DVR and play media(netflix, amazon, youtube, etc) through it?


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You have a good minimum for what you need as a 4670 should be more than capable for streaming and DVD,BR,etc playback.

Do you have a large amount of movies on your HD or is it all streaming or physical media ?
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OP I am in the same boat, I have DirecTV and I have been toying with the idea of moving completely to a HTPC setup.

As I understand it you need a TV card for the HD Over the air channels. You can use Hulu+ and Netflix for tv/movies and it should all work with Windows Media Center.

I'll be watching this thread to see how it goes.
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You're good.


All you might need is a TV tuner. I recommend the AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet... dual digital tuners.


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Originally Posted by Aparition View Post

As I understand it you need a TV card for the HD Over the air channels. You can use Hulu+ and Netflix for tv/movies and it should all work with Windows Media Center.
I'll be watching this thread to see how it goes.
Hulu refuses WMC integration.


Instead, you can install a WMC app that:
1) creates a WMC Hulu icon.... it closes WMC, opens Hulu Desktop.
2) When you exit Hulu, it opens up WMC again.
Edited by DuckieHo - 3/14/12 at 10:08am
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You have a good minimum for what you need as a 4670 should be more than capable for streaming and DVD,BR,etc playback.
Do you have a large amount of movies on your HD or is it all streaming or physical media ?

I don't have a ton of movies....mostly just want to use this to record TV shows coming over the air, then delete them after I watch them.
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OP I am in the same boat, I have DirecTV and I have been toying with the idea of moving completely to a HTPC setup.
As I understand it you need a TV card for the HD Over the air channels. You can use Hulu+ and Netflix for tv/movies and it should all work with Windows Media Center.
I'll be watching this thread to see how it goes.
Any recommendations on TV cards?

Stay tuned this could get interesting! biggrin.gif
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You're good.
All you might need is a TV tuner. I recommend the AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet... dual digital tuners.
Hulu refuses WMC integration.
Instead, you can install a WMC app that:
1) creates a WMC Hulu icon.... it closes WMC, opens Hulu Desktop.
2) When you exit Hulu, it opens up WMC again.

Hulu or Hulu plus? I paid for Hulu+ before and cancelled it within a month...wasn't impressed.

I'm not familiar with WMC, is this standard with Windows 7? I think Vista is installed on it right now... redface.gif
    
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Hulu or Hulu plus? I paid for Hulu+ before and cancelled it within a month...wasn't impressed.
I'm not familiar with WMC, is this standard with Windows 7? I think Vista is installed on it right now... redface.gif

Get Hulu Desktop. Hulu the company will now allow itself to be integrated directly into WMC. Other companies like Netflix have.



WMC comes standard with most Vista and W7 versions.
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Netflix, to my knowledge, does not work on Linux....is this still the case? Linux would be awesome since it's free.... rolleyes.gif

EDIT:
Nevermind, I was just reading about WMC, sounds pretty simple and looks like I can share out to my XBOX 360. WMC seems like the best choice by far!
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Netflix, to my knowledge, does not work on Linux....is this still the case? Linux would be awesome since it's free.... rolleyes.gif

Correct, they use silverlight now...not flash frown.gif


honestly, if that is all you want, then do something like this....

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B005KOZNBW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331749344&sr=8-1

I have one at home, i connect it via samba to my linux server where my video files are stored for streaming the videos, other than what's on netflix. I am in the same position of HD antenna and internet only for entertainment.
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Originally Posted by herkalurk View Post

Correct, they use silverlight now...not flash frown.gif
.

It is not an issue of Silverlight technology since Netflix works on iPhones, Android, and embedded systems... it is a lack of DRM enforcement of Linux.
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