Originally Posted by Kylepdalton
What you want to do is quite easy really. I do almost exactly what you are trying. I have a GigE based network and it works just fine for streaming to multiple places. I have a central PC with two cable cards as well as a HD Homerun. I can record 5 or 6 cable streams at once to the main PC. That machine is running W8 with WMC . The W8 machine holds the recordings for a bit and then shifts them off to my homeserver. Once there, any machine on my network can watch recorded stuff and they can access the networked homerun for live TV if they want. I don't have any extenders and have never used one either so I can't quote on that. I just have a bunch of mini PCs around for my TVs.
??? When I built my HTPC I first tried W8 and W8Pro. There are 2 limitations with what you have described. With W8 first you have to have W8Pro to have WMC, second W8Pro only has the capability to run 1 Tuner. So how are you able to record on the other Tuners?
Originally Posted by Curious Andre
I was hoping someone would bring up those ceton cards. I have been looking at those for quite a while. About two months ago my mom started to complain about the cable bill she was paying every month. Through some research I was able to cut the phone out of the bill that really only saved $22. I got an ObiTalk. We went down to a Comcast service center to see what we could do about locking in a new price. Our old price was $149 base + all the rental fees came out to $197. The new one came out to $79 + tax and rental fees at $135. I had no idea that we were going to be saving $1020 on the cable bill per year for the next two years. If I can build a central DVR I could help her save another $516. We were paying about $2500/year and if I could cut the DVR rental fees out of the picture ($43 per month, crappy ones at that) I could get them down just shy of $1100/yr. I have no idea why I just told you all of that, but I figured I could show you what a little tenacity could do.
I run the Ceton Card in my HTPC, which due to the limitations mentioned earlier forced me to roll back to W7. It works pretty dam good for the most part and keeps the wife off my back until this past Sunday. I have 1 of 2 choices with my current HTPC either I have to rebuild it as it is no longer able to download the Guide listings for channels outside of OTA, or put in a separate solution. I currently utilize XBOX 360's as the extenders and am using a MoCA (Ethernet over COAX) to run the extensions to the upstairs, I did this so I didn't have to worry about sheetrock patches since I already had COAX upstairs. I have not seen any chopping or degradation of the signal for streaming with this. The downside of this total solution is the running cost. While it is true I am saving from having to pay Verizon the additional $44/month for all the Set top boxes the running cost for the electricity has increased.
My electric used when I had the Verizon set tops was 2.736 kw/hr @ $0.10474 totaling $8.50/month. When I switched to my current setup using an A6-5400k AMD APU and 3 XBox's the electric usage went up to 8.808 kw/hr @ $0.10474 totaling $27.37/month this gives a net effect of $18.87 additional for electric. The total upfront costs for the HTPC and 3 xbox 360's was ~$1200 once taxes and/or shipping were figured in. Now figuring the total cost to recoup the initial buy in costs savings from having to pay the additional costs to Verizon minus the additional running costs. It will take 48 months of running the system to recoup before I see the total savings, to bring to actual running costs to $27.37/month.
An alternative to building an HTPC and getting media center extenders is to just get the TiVo. If you get the TiVo Premier 4 and 3 TiVo mini's bringing the upfront costs to ~$1400, however the running costs are significantly lower as this solution will only utilize 1.488 kw/hr @ $0.10474 totaling $4.62/month. Now the total running to recoup costs is 32 months, before I saw the actual running costs of only $4.62/month. The TiVo also gives the capabilities to add additional storage via eSATA. I have never been a huge fan of TiVo but after running all the numbers they come out ahead especially if you figure a 5 year refresh cycle,meaning after 5 years you replace whichever solution for an upgrade.
The total life cycle cost of the HTPC solution is $2842.14 (keeping electric costs static for those 5 years).
The total life cycle cost of the TiVo solution at $1777.42 (again keeping electric costs static).
The Verizon set-top boxes 5 year life cycle is $3150.09 (keeping electric and Verizon monthly rental costs the static).
So before you just jump out and start buying do you total homework and figure the total costs.