Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Waterdown, Ontario
Help with Total Entertainment Package
Okay - so I'm you're typical family with cable tv (Cogeco) with HD PVR, internet, a nice Samsung 52" 750 LCD, a Sony PS3, wireless connectivity, etc, but I've never taken the next step to stream anything from any of my older PC's, or tried to build (or buy) an HTPC system.
I'm in desperate need of replacing my existing PC simply for photo editing purposes, but I thought while I'm at it, I may as consider at this time if I can (or should) incorporate a different method for PVR'ing my television, plus make some advances in home networking so that I can easily view photo's, home movies, from any PC to my TV.
I've attempted to research to gain some preliminary research about the process in general, but now I'm ready to make a move. What do ye pro's suggest?
My computer will be located within 30-40 feet of the TV. I want a dedicated computer monitor to do all my normal computing (like surfing, photo editing, video editing, etc), but I also want to be able to share to my TV. How do you propose I attack this problem?
(sorry such a noobie question, but reading quite a few threads, I'm a little more educated by still need more info)
Next question would be what hardware is required? And can you help me spec out my computer system.
Is it advisable to use one computer for HD PVR'ing activity, and simultaneously be able to use the computer for other activities, or do I need to dedicate one to the HTPC?
As far as my TV goes, I'd like to reduce costs that I pay for the rental of my dual tuner HD PVR, but perhaps get rid of cogeco cable tv altogether if it's feasible to watch the content we like alternatively (OTA, stream off the internet?? - never done it as my computers are all antiquated).
Would I use the PS3 for anything? Is the answer to have the HTPC located within close proximity to the TV, and access that computer somehow to another monitor in the same room?
Thanks very much for your help.