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    New House TV Setup.

    I plan on NOT subscribing to Cable or Satellite TV service. Instead only using OTA and Streaming services (Netflix) for my TV viewing. With that I plan to have 3 TVs (42-48”, 2 x 32”), I have a PS3, a Netflix account, plan to install two mast mounted OTA antennas (combiner then pre-amp) and build a DVR-PC.

    With all of that (am I missing anything), how is this best setup?

    Tv1 (larger one): in living room, main ‘movie’ TV. Line from OTA, HDMI from DVR-PC and PS3.

    TV2: in other room/basement. Line from OTA, HDMI from DVR-PC (Internet ready for streaming services?)

    TV3: bedroom: Line from OTA, HDMI from DVR-PC (Internet ready for streaming services?

    DVR-PC: OTA (x2?), recording AND viewing at same time, HDMI out (spliced 3 ways?), Streaming service (how to “output” that to HDMI also instead of OTA feed?), looking for Bluetooth, IR repeater or app for channel changing capabilities. Looking for specs for this machine (video card does 100% of processing, no motherboard CPU usage for output). Thinking terabyte or two second HD for DVR storage and 250 gig “C” drive, 4 gig of RAM. Not sure on TV tuner or software and not sure of video card for output. I am hoping to keep the PC (minus TV card and video card) around $150. Thinking 450 W PS… not sure on the OS or processor needs….

    Looking for input from Fanatics … then I’ll head over to the ‘pros’ at avforums to fine tune the setup.

    thanks in advance.

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    Re: New House TV Setup.

    How far are some of these going to be from the DVR-PC? Doesn't HDMI have limitations on how long the cable can be? I know a guy who just had new TVs put in his bar. Plugged the HDMI into an adapter then ran CAT6(?) to another adapter and then back to HDMI. We are talking about 100ft in this instance.


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    Re: New House TV Setup.

    No more than fifty. Dvr pc will be centrally located and tucked away.



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    Re: New House TV Setup.

    I assume you'll have networking cable between to the tv locations as well? Especially if the TVs (or devices attached to them) are dlna-compliant, its damn convenient to be able to right click a video on your laptop and just press 'play to-devicename'. Even if you dont have the compatible devices now, always good to have the wires run for the future, while you're already running wires.



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    Re: New House TV Setup.

    Yes, all wired to the home network, no WiFi for these devices.



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    Re: New House TV Setup.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclones_R_GR8 View Post
    How far are some of these going to be from the DVR-PC? Doesn't HDMI have limitations on how long the cable can be? I know a guy who just had new TVs put in his bar. Plugged the HDMI into an adapter then ran CAT6(?) to another adapter and then back to HDMI. We are talking about 100ft in this instance.
    Yeah we don't run HDMI cables in new construction anymore. It is all CAT6 that is terminated with a balun for whatever connection you need (i.e. HDMI, Component, etc). Although they have come down in price, HDMI cables are still expensive (especially in longer lengths) and have the above mentioned length limitations.



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