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2012 Multi-room HTPC

Discussion in 'Home Theater PCs' started by DaveF, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Parker Clack

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    Dave:

    I have a quad core AMD with 8G of RAM with 4 tuners and an X Box upstairs that works great. I watch my shows
    downstairs while my wife watches hers upstairs on the X Box. I haven't tried watching a movie that I have on my
    HTPC to my X Box yet but I am sure I will be able to.

    The thing that really made it work well without the lag from one to the other is using a Netgear Powerline. I don't
    have dedicated Cat5 but I get great transmission speeds over the Powerline.

    I am going to try streaming a movie from my HTPC to my X Box and will let you know it works out.

    Packy
     
  2. mattCR

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    I've got to tell you, there have been a lot of interesting changes in the last few weeks, a few I'm going to cover shortly in a new 2013 Guide I'm putting together (due 4/9/2013!!!) that really change the game in my opinion. I'll have some new videos as well. I'm now pushing three extenders, one Media Center with 12 tuners and I've got to say things have really become pretty slick as time has gone on. I'll try to work some stuff up soon.
     
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    Matt:

    Looking forward to this.
     
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    Matt, I look forward to reading it!
    My difficulty is a main use is for TV series in the bedroom, and I like to watch their special features and some commentaries. HTPCs don't easily support this; everything is built around the use case of only watching the main feature transcoded to a low to medium bitrate MKV.

    I see how to build a great whole house DVR; or a movie-room media center for full-disc blu-ray quality; or a whole-house media center for ripped quality main features. But doing all three is...impossible?


    If I had time, there are enthusiasts in the NoVA area I could connect with and get demos from, to understand better. But I haven't done that yet :)
     
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    Well, there are new methods that will allow you to get full access to all your extras, etc. in different ways, plus there are new options for ISO streaming that leave it in tact. One of those though is a bit of work, the other is pretty straightforward. I'm still trying to get videos and a faq together to make sure my information is all checked and the videos make sense ;)
     
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    Sounds good. I follow the Echo thread at AVS, and no one has a robust solution for streaming yet, there. I played with iso streaming from media center to Xbox, and couldn't get it to work. (Info was scattered and years old)
     
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    I'm seen some rumors the Ceton Replicate will be as low as $150, in accordance with the 'less than the xbox' opinion from Ceton. I have no concept, but I wish so, since that would create it a much simpler buy.
     
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    I concluded this year that an HTPC isn't for me. I wanted a multi-room, server-client DVR and movie system. I wanted the DVR to use a 4+ Tuner cable card. I wanted movie playback to work on complete disc rips, with special features and support TV series. I couldn't find a reasonable to build that. I found these were options:@ multi-room, server-client DVR@ single-room DVR and movie system with complete disc rips@ multi-room, (each room an individually configured PC) movie system@ multi-room, client server DVR and with finicky, fragile ripped/transcoded movie serverI realized DVR was most important feature, with SAF, cost, and ease of use as next in line. So I bought the new TiVo Roamio and TiVo mini.I also was losing confidence in a WMC-based system, since it appears unchanged in 5 years and abandoned by MS. Extenders don't work with Win8. Xbox One doesn't support WMC. I worry about buying into obsolescence and that's was WMC felt like (TiVo, natch). I'll revisit the topic when I build my basement HT. That use could make it worthwhile to have a dedicated movie media system, that could play full-disc rips without needing to stream to other rooms. And a $250 mini would provide DVR access, so that would not be an extra complication for a basement HTPC.
     
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    I have also study on the console it needs operating the blockbuster online program outside the press middle program and also needs you have an account.
     
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    Michael, do you have an HTPC? What setup do you have and what do you use it for (DVR, ripped Blu-ray, etc?)
     

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