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kba4

join:2001-10-23
Canton, OH
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·Time Warner Cable

[MCE] building your own networked tv tuner box

I am wondering if it's possible to build a dedicated system used for the sole purpose of tuning TV channels and sharing them over the network? With products such as Silicon Dust's HD Homerun network-tuner available, how difficult would it be to install a couple TV Tuner cards into a mid range PC and access the signal via LAN?
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peter russel

@rogers.com
somebody beat you to it, they invented such device already, its called a SLING BOX


halfband
Premium
join:2002-06-01
Huntsville, AL
reply to kba4
With a silicon dust network turner you simply use it over your existing network. Windows 7 already contains the media center application that gives you DVR functions and a programming interface similar to a tivo. If you are trying to replace a cablebox for encrypted cable systems then the tuner options you have are a bit more limited as you will need a cable card based tuner. There are three companies that currently make them, all can be used to stream over a network in the right configuration.
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steelingbox

join:2005-07-09
Deltona, FL
reply to kba4
I have 3 "dedicated" MCE computers connected to televisions in my home. I use this network tuner »www.silicondust.com/products/mod···6cc-3x2/ to get channels, including encrypted, from my cable provider. If you plan to go with a similar setup I suggest that you have a gigabit switch to avoid congestion.


Octavean
Premium,MVM
join:2001-03-31
New York, NY
kudos:1
Wouldn't an encrypted recording on system 1 be inaccessible on system 2 and system 3,.....?

Or if you have a server for storage wouldn't the system that recorded the file be the only system that could access it,....?


steelingbox

join:2005-07-09
Deltona, FL
reply to kba4
This is one of the drawbacks of the copyonce protection... only the machine that recorded the content is authorized to play it back. I wonder how the linux based media centers get around this?