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I'm planning an HTPC running Vista MCE but I'm wondering, if it's a hit what are the options for a second TV?

I don't like the idea of an dedicated extender (ie. XBox, LinkSys). So the only option is to build a second HTPC with Blu ray. Let's say HTPC1/TV1 is a high end unit and HTPC2/TV2 is the secondary unit.

Could you build a bare bones HTPC2 (ie. relatively small HDD, no tuner) and use HTPC1 for watching TV/stored video (assuming dual tuners in HTPC1) on HTPC2/TV2 (assuming there is a way to stream video between units)?

You wouldn't save that much money - a lower end MB/CPU, smaller HDD but it seems a waste to build 2 high end units. The other advantage is that you don't have to run antenna/cable all over the house.

I have looked over the MS info on Vist MCE and it seems that Vista MCE can be set up as an extender but I'm not sure what that really means.

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I looked into it and the only type of official "extender" is something along the lines of what you referred to earlier (Xbox, Linksys box).
However, if you are not completely committed to Windows Media Center then you might want to check out some Linux offerings. Two options that I found to be along the lines of what you want are GeeXboX (http://www.geexbox.org/) and LinuxMCE (http://www.linuxmce.org/).

I can't say for sure, but GeeXboX might be able to work as an "extender" for Windows Media Center. I know it will work with WMP, so it would likely work with Windows Media Center using UPnP. This would also allow you to keep your Windows- centric design focus.

On the other hand, a completely Linux approach with Linux MCE would allow you to do everything you could do in Windows and much more. It would require more setup time I imagine, but would allow you to use network storage devices and other linux boxes to access and stream your media all over the house.

In terms of ease, an Xbox would be the quick and easy route. If Geexbox will work with Windows Media Center, then that would require very little setup and would give you that HTPC to work with instead of an Xbox. LinuxMCE is a completely different approach, and would require the most work. However, that would give you the complete package and could basically do anything.
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