multiple digital/HDs TVs from a single media center PC?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Kent P. Iler, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. Kent P. Iler

    Kent P. Iler Guest

    Hi,

    I've just started reading out making your own Tivos, and I'm interested in
    the possibility of having a single beefy computer as the center of all
    audio/video media for my house.

    We will have 4 digital TVs, with some HD and some not. We have Comcast as
    our cable provider (outside of Cleveland, Ohio).

    Is it feasible to think that a decent machine could handle live TV playback
    for all 4 TVs, and also serve up Internet on the TVs as needed, and possibly
    play a selection from a Ripped DVD library?

    I'm thinking this is what I would like to see happen.

    Thank you for any help you can give. Recommendations for sites where I can
    read up would be appreciated, too!

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    Kent P. Iler, Jan 2, 2006
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  2. Currently, for this scenario, you would need a Media Center PC with dual analog and dual HDTV tuners (recommendation). Media Center does not currently support HD over cable, although this is expected in the Vista operating system release. In order to stream your video, music and etc. to multiple TVs, you would require one or more Media Center Extender devices. These can be the Linksys Extenders or XBox extender kits, which do not support streaming HDTV to remote TV's, or the XBox 360 which has built in Media Center Extender capability and will support streaming HD content. As for your ripped DVD library, all versions of the extender only support certain formats, so ensure that you rip to a format they can support.
     
    Doug Knox MS-MVP, Jan 2, 2006
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  3. Kent P. Iler

    JW Guest

    I believet that the bandwidth to support 2 HDTV video streams and 2 SDTV
    video streams is probably beyond the capability of any current wired network
    using MCE. In additon MCE currently does not support Surfing the Internet
    or other PC applicatios using MCE Extenders.
    Watch closly for announcements at this weeks Las Vegas CES show for
    announcements by vendors of other possible solutions to your situation some
    of which might involve network connected Cable or Satellite STBs to handle
    the Internet Surfing along with TV reception with PVR capabilities.


    Currently, for this scenario, you would need a Media Center PC with dual
    analog and dual HDTV tuners (recommendation). Media Center does not
    currently support HD over cable, although this is expected in the Vista
    operating system release. In order to stream your video, music and etc. to
    multiple TVs, you would require one or more Media Center Extender devices.
    These can be the Linksys Extenders or XBox extender kits, which do not
    support streaming HDTV to remote TV's, or the XBox 360 which has built in
    Media Center Extender capability and will support streaming HD content. As
    for your ripped DVD library, all versions of the extender only support
    certain formats, so ensure that you rip to a format they can support.
     
    JW, Jan 2, 2006
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