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I was wondering, if I build an HTPC can I use it like a media server for my entire house?
Also, is there a way to hook it up so that actual Digital Television comes to my TV still?

I'm kinda new to HTPC's so I do't really know too much about what I'm doing.
    
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Yes you can use it as a server. You will need a htpc at each location too.
Define Digital TV.
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Digital TV-Antenna, like remember where tons of people needed to buy digital converter boxes? That kinda of digital TV,
    
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Yes you just need an atsc tuner. There are plenty of them. My living room htpc has 2 tuners and bedroom has 3.

You then can use windows media center as a dvr with a full guide and everything.
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Ya most call it OTA or ATSC. You should also look into a program called Media Portal. You can put all your tuners in 1 box and access them from any other pc running Media Portal that way all your recordings are already on the server/ main htpc however you run it. You can also look into HDHR tuners, networked and shared.
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Original post - yes and yes. HTPC's can be hugely versatile - it may be best to tell us what you want to watch (source) and where in the house, and what hardware you have in the other rooms.

For getting TV signal and having a HTPC at the same TV, there are 2 basic ways to set it up:
1. Plug antenna into TV and use it like you normally do and have the HTPC plugged into a different input (HDMI or PC input) on the TV for use with movies, streaming, whatever.
2. Get a tuner card and remote for the PC and run the antenna into the HTPC and use it for everything - including using it like a Tivo (record shows, onscreen guide, pause and rewind live TV, etc.), and use it for movies and streaming.

#2 is my preferred choice. If any other computers in the house are running Win7, you can stream any media to them from the main HTPC.
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