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I have been researching ways to lower monthly costs on my FIOS bill. I have seen the Ceton Infinitv4 TV Cable Card tuner which can record 4 HD broadcasts at once. Here is what I am looking to do:

1. I currently have a i7920 rig with 2 GTX 265 SLI and 12 Gigs DDR3 1600 Ram. Win 7 64 bit Home Premium .I would like to install this Ceton card and then utilize this rig as my sole HTPC and be able to hook up four HD tvs in various rooms in the house.

I am trying to think of how to utilize this as I own a PS3 and do not want to buy a XBox for each tv as a WMC extender. I like the WMC interface.

My first thought was to just buy a WMC extender but unfortunately Linksys and DLink no longer make them and not keen on the prices on EBay for them.

My next thought was to utilize old computers I had and stream these to the TVs. I have a budget of $500 after the purchase of the Ceton card. This would eliminate my 2 HD DVR boxes and 2 HD Boxes which cost about $50 a month. I then could utilize the 2 TB HD and allow for future expansion on the PC.

The biggest dilemna is figuring out how to run the stream to each TV seperately to allow for different content viewing on each tv at the same time.

1. Family Room Set Up
PS3 Slim, LG 47" LED, Onkyo SR6800 Receiver with 5 HDMI inputs
2. Master Bedroom
Vizio 32: LED
3. Playroom
Vizio 32" LED
4 Home Office
Where the PC will be attached to a Samsung 24"
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The biggest dilemna is figuring out how to run the stream to each TV seperately to allow for different content viewing on each tv at the same time.
Soft sled isn't supported so unfortunately, you're stuck with the Xbox 360 since it's the only extender that's still available through normal retail channels. It's possible the HDHomeRun Prime networked tuner might solve part of the dilemma but you don't get a centralized EPG like you do if you go the extender route. Encrypted recordings (shows marked Copy-Once) will only be watchable on the PC it was recorded on and extenders linked to the PC.
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Hmm. The Centon is getting networked support via firmware download. With these multi tuner coming out I would hope the extenders would come more available again. If I have to buy 4 xboxs it defeats the savings I am trying to get. I wonder if some of the newer TVs will have this built into them?
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I wonder if some of the newer TVs will have this built into them?
I seem to recall some Panasonic TVs getting extender support. Caveat, TV costs more than $2000, I think.
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