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Thinking of building a HD-HTPC, is it even possible?

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I'm pretty interested in building a HTPC to both save money, space, and time. I'm wondering if I could build a box that runs linux/mythtv, plays Blu-ray movies, can act as a HD Tivo, and output HDMI to a 1080p TV. I have Directv, what tuner cards could record HD content from there? (I would also like double channel watching/recording functionality.)
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i believe you can everything you said with linux expect playing blu ray discs, it wasn't supported the last time i checked.

hauppage makes wintv hvr-1800 that does dual atsc tuning
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DirecTV is not going to support third party tuners. Last time I checked.

You can get DVB (some over the air stations support HD) off the air with a good tuner.

I'm running 1080P from my laptop using a 8600M video card with HDMI out.

In Windows, PowerDVD fully supports HD-DVD and BluRay. Don't know about Linux.
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No HD DVR unless you purchase a special $500 Tuner box that accepts CableCards.
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See my thread below for some details about CableCard complications with an HTPC. I just broke down and bought an HD Tivo ($225 shipped at Amazon!)

I would totally have gone the HTPC route if it wasn't hampered by the CableCard complications and so much more expensive than just buying a Tivo.

http://www.overclock.net/htpc/337358...-channels.html
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