Still a little confused. I think I can do a lot of this already. But not all.
Does sage work with Directv or only with OTA and cable? If it does work with Directv how do I get D in to the server? My main concern here is how does sage record USAHD, TNTHD, ESPNHD, ect. from Directv? How does it get these channels in HD from cable companys? We watch a lot of other HD channels besides the OTA ones.
Here's my set up again. I use CE Labs component amps to distibute and have an ir system in place to contol the equipment.
I have 2 HD DVRs that can be viewed at these locations: 2 sets of component video run to each location-each location has it own 5.1 system.
Main linving room/kitchen
These rooms only have access to 1 DVR: I won't watch recorded material in these locations so I only ran one set of component cables.
work out room
All location plus these get a coax feed with OTA, 12 cctv cameras modulated to channels, and a SD directv box also modulated:
kids room-4 year old and 14 days old so no real demand there yet
I also have a touch screen in the masterbath that I stream (via Homeseer)the modulated SD box to sometimes in the morning. This can viewed over the net.
Here's the plus side that I see:
The dvd play back is not a big deal to me. We don't rewatch movies so it doesn't make sence for me to buy them. We rent most everything and I didn't think it was legal to rip rented discs. Plus we watch movies in the theater room so I really only need them in one location. I can see a real upside though for this with the kids movies. They get watched all over the place and we do buy those. Also if it is legal to rip the rentals then why not have library on hand. This could be a plus.
Displaying other pc contant on your tv. If your tv has a vga input you could use this also though. My laptop usually follows me from room to room anyway.
Ability to record more than 4 channels at once. I'll need more info on how it gets the "other" hd channels that are not OTA.
If you haven't run cables the extenders can be an eaiser and cheaper way of get HD to a location.
The down side.
I believe I would be putting my tv "wife would consider this mission critical" in the hands of a PC. That issue gets discussed all the time so I won't go into it.
I can see a need for this at some point but I seem to have most things covered at the moment. Let me know what I've missed.
Edited by 68sting, 11 January 2008 - 03:43 PM.