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    Media/Home Theater PC?

    So, I'd love to dump the Dish and jump into a media PC. Has anyone built their own? I'd connect one to our 32" LCD (which already includes a TV tuner) and would like locals, plus any other available channels. A friend of mine who runs a PC shop told me it'd run around $750 to build one with 1TB HD and Blu-Ray. (I'd like to use it as a DVR, plus stream internet content like Netflix and Hulu). While I'm a Mac guy, I just don't think the Mac Mini is the solution.

    Another thing is, could it be connected to the flatscreen in our man cave through the co-ax from the dish?

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    TIA...



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    Re: Media/Home Theater PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nedrick View Post
    So, I'd love to dump the Dish and jump into a media PC. Has anyone built their own? I'd connect one to our 32" LCD (which already includes a TV tuner) and would like locals, plus any other available channels. A friend of mine who runs a PC shop told me it'd run around $750 to build one with 1TB HD and Blu-Ray. (I'd like to use it as a DVR, plus stream internet content like Netflix and Hulu). While I'm a Mac guy, I just don't think the Mac Mini is the solution.

    Another thing is, could it be connected to the flatscreen in our man cave through the co-ax from the dish?

    Thoughts?

    TIA...
    The PC can be connected to the TV, however the dish wouldn't be able to just connect via coax through the PC, unless your PC was able to decode the signal like the reciever box/dvrs do.

    I have read that XBox 360 will soon carry AT&Ts internet-based TV service which allows users to stream live-tv as well as use their XBox as a DVR. AT&T's service is not currently supported in Iowa, so I'm not sure how close this is to a reality, but I would recommend looking into when this service is available and what requirements a PC would need to support this service.

    Watch Live TV on Your Xbox 360 - Xbox360 News at IGN

    AT&T service is called U-verse



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    Re: Media/Home Theater PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3GenClone View Post
    The PC can be connected to the TV, however the dish wouldn't be able to just connect via coax through the PC, unless your PC was able to decode the signal like the reciever box/dvrs do.

    I have read that XBox 360 will soon carry AT&Ts internet-based TV service which allows users to stream live-tv as well as use their XBox as a DVR. AT&T's service is not currently supported in Iowa, so I'm not sure how close this is to a reality, but I would recommend looking into when this service is available and what requirements a PC would need to support this service.

    Watch Live TV on Your Xbox 360 - Xbox360 News at IGN

    AT&T service is called U-verse
    U-Verse is interesting (fiber optics, by the looks of it). Too bad not in IA yet.

    I'm actually trying to find a way to get rid of Dish Network and watching TV by streaming channels. Was wondering if I could use the co-ax cables already connecting my TVs with the media PC. (Although probably wouldn't since the PC doesn't connect via co-ax -- )



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    Re: Media/Home Theater PC?

    bump -- anyone else try dumping dish/cable for a media center PC?



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    Re: Media/Home Theater PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nedrick View Post
    bump -- anyone else try dumping dish/cable for a media center PC?
    Short term I'm watching through my macbook with dvi to HDMI adapter. Pretty sweet watching streams on my big screen. I also use my ps3 browser for streaming when it compatible.

    Long term I'm looking at a mini mac or mac mini. can't remember exactly whats it called. It's a hard drive about the size of a game console you can hook directly to tv and home theater systems



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    Re: Media/Home Theater PC?

    I wish things like Roku, Appletv, and Googletv were just a little further along. They have the potential to be great, but right now limited channels. Googletv is ahead of the others with its ability to connect to your cable or dish box and surf the web too. The other two dont allow for streaming meda from your pc which kicks me.



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    Re: Media/Home Theater PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by fatkid1974 View Post

    Doesnt apple require streaming through itunes only?



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    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    Doesnt apple require streaming through itunes only?
    I watch hulu, justin.tv, channelsurfing.net, only thing I haven't watched yet is veetle. It's not compatable with safari, if i switched to firefox could watch that also, but I'm partial to safari.



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    Quote Originally Posted by fatkid1974 View Post
    I watch hulu, justin.tv, channelsurfing.net, only thing I haven't watched yet is veetle. It's not compatable with safari, if i switched to firefox could watch that also, but I'm partial to safari.

    Im sorry, I should have clarified. Streaming of internal network media, ripped dvds, home video, etc.



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    Re: Media/Home Theater PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    Im sorry, I should have clarified. Streaming of internal network media, ripped dvds, home video, etc.
    Not 100% sure, I'm not a tech geek, I just hook up and play and it works. Not sure of the fine details of how it works. I do know that I can play videos, movies, etc. through my handy dandy internet machine onto my TV.



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    Re: Media/Home Theater PC?

    I have a mac mini hooked up to my 55" Samsung. It works great for streaming TV programs and movies. I watch most of the Clone Zone material on it in full screen and the quality is very good. I use an iPod Touch with RowMote to control and launch the applications. I also can control the screen via my laptop too.

    Because I could do more with the mini, I never considered Apple TV.



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    Re: Media/Home Theater PC?

    I have noticed the older minis are selling really cheap over ebay. I have thought about it a couple of times, but the local media thing is what keeps me from buying.



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    Re: Media/Home Theater PC?

    I have a HTPC setup that works well for my family and it was fairly cheap (given that we had a number of the things we needed already). I added a TV tuner with HDMI output and a 2 TB hard drive to my PC. Purchased PlayOn premium for $40 and installed that server on my PC. I bought a 75 ft HDMI cable and ran it from the PC to the main home theater system (although I rarely use it). Most everything is streamed wirelessly to the Playstation 3 (attached to the HDTV) or Wii (attached to the standard TV upstairs).
    The PS3 has the blueray player. It plays music and videos from the PC through Windows media server or PlayOn. Can watch Hulu and any live sports on ESPN3 through PlayOn. And it, of course, has Netflix. Local TV goes directly to the TV although it could go through the PC if I wanted DVR functionality.
    The TV connected to the Wii, estentially, has the same things available minus the blue ray/DVD.



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    Re: Media/Home Theater PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by mclatch View Post
    I have a HTPC setup that works well for my family and it was fairly cheap (given that we had a number of the things we needed already). I added a TV tuner with HDMI output and a 2 TB hard drive to my PC. Purchased PlayOn premium for $40 and installed that server on my PC. I bought a 75 ft HDMI cable and ran it from the PC to the main home theater system (although I rarely use it). Most everything is streamed wirelessly to the Playstation 3 (attached to the HDTV) or Wii (attached to the standard TV upstairs).
    The PS3 has the blueray player. It plays music and videos from the PC through Windows media server or PlayOn. Can watch Hulu and any live sports on ESPN3 through PlayOn. And it, of course, has Netflix. Local TV goes directly to the TV although it could go through the PC if I wanted DVR functionality.
    The TV connected to the Wii, estentially, has the same things available minus the blue ray/DVD.
    Thanks for sharing. Have you thought about using the PC for DVR functionality? What kind of content does PlayOn Premium carry?



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