I am hoping this is the right place for this.
I am looking to reduce my cable bill. I currently have Brighthouse and am paying >$25 for 2 HD DVRs.
I have an i5 system that I built and plenty of processing power, ram, capacity and so on. I have been slowly digitizing my home videos so that I can watch them in any room of the house. I have my entire house wired for gigabit so it works out well.
I currently have 2 PS3s and a Raspberry Pi that I use for streaming the contents of the HTPC. I also have 2 DLNA enabled TVs that also allow me to stream the movies.
The next thing I want to tackle is to turn my system into a DVR. I used to have one about 5 years back with a WinTV PVR 150 that worked well. Technology has come a long way now and am looking at cable card rental with the InfiniTV.
I have read plenty of reviews and comments on several different forums regarding Cable Provider resistance, setup issues and so on. I also keep seeing stuff about CCI flags that only allow you to view the recordings on that PC or extenders. I had a few questions hoping someone here can answer.
1. Do I have to let Brighthouse install the Cable Card?
Never mind this question, I was looking some more and looks like I can install the card myself. Link in case someone else needs the information »support.brighthouse.com/ ··· ARD-989/
2. Do I need a SDV? How can I tell if I do or not, and should this be free? Again I have seen mixed reports that the FCC states that the SDV should be given for free but not sure. Then I have seen reports where people get charged for it.
On either of the above issues I am not finding any information from FCC so I am either not performing the right search or it is not true.
3. I have read that Bhouse marks all their channels except local ones at 0x02 (meaning I can only watch on that PC). I am also seeing topics where that would allow me to stream that content to other XBMC capable devices like the Ceton Echo. Since I have several DLNA enabled devices, would I be able to use them instead or purchasing the Echo? For the Raspberry Pi I am running XBMC so I think that will be fine but not sure about the PS3 and DLNA enabled TVs.
If anyone has any other words of wisdom or information it would be greatly appreciated.