- Set top box is an device used to convert cable/satellite into something you can watch. You can't just connect your satellite feeds into your tv - they go into a STB (set top box).
- yes, it appears most of the new HD encoders will be using USB connections to the server.
- My video network is 100baseT - standard ethernet. no issues running multiple streams (I tested all 5 simultaneous with a mix of HD and DVDs and no issues)
- 1 server can control all your inputs... OTA (over the air), satellite, cable, etc. You just have multiple encoders with different capabilities. What is nice is that Sage blends these inputs into 1 grid guide (without duplication) so you just pick what you want to watch... no worrying about which tuner it's on, etc. It handles all that for you... completely transparent.
- correct, other than OTA or QAM (cable that doesn't require a STB), there haven't been any HD options. With these new encoders coming, now we have some options.
- correct... any tv that you want to display something recorded on your server will require either a MVP (SD) or HD Extender (HD) or a PC.
- 5.1 is recorded on my OTA HD and works fine with the extenders (SPDIF or HDMI) and MVPs (SPDIF outputs). However, my satellite SD feeds are not in 5.1. The new HD Encoders appear to support 5.1.
Edited by bfisher, 26 February 2008 - 08:02 PM.