Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Mississauga- South West of Burnhamthorpe/Hurontario - ~300ft high, facing S.E.
Mac Mini HTPC
I'm looking to set up a new system throughout my condo. The plan is to drop the cable and hook up antenna for OTA.
Situation: I have two TV's in the condo. Both are old enought to not have the digital HD tuner's built in which sucks. One will be replaced as part of this new setup, so one will be able to accept the OTA antenna directly into the set.
Plan-part1: Old TV. Hook up OTA antenna to a Mac Mini using an Elgato tuner. (looking for suggestions on model- leaning towards EyeTV One). Use connect Mac Mini via DVI connection (tv doesn't have HDMI either), and likely just rca audio as there is no HomeTheatre in that room.
Issues: I want to be able to record 2 shows at the same time, or watch 1 while recording another. Not sure of the best way to accomplish this - will I need two tuners into the MacMini? Is it a software issue and if so, which Software will help me out. The Elgatos seem to come with their own software, but it doesn't look like it will solve the issue.
Need to be able to convert the recordings to an appleTV appropriate format. Again, the Elgato software can do this, but again, not helpful if i can't record two tv shows.
If I need two tuners to plug into the MacMini, can I split the OTA signal into the two tuners?
Plan-part2: New TV. Hook up a second OTA antenna to the new tv. Run the sound out from the TV into the HomeTheatre system. Hook up Apple TV to the new TV to access recordings from other tv, or from computers, etc.
Issues: I will have my TV audio running to the HomeTheatre system, but it only has one optical input. I will also have my PS3 hooked up to the TV via HDMI - so the sound should run out to the HomeTheatre correct? Same with the AppleTV.
The second part of the plan seems easy enough - it's mostly the MacMini setup and connections to allow 2 recordings or 1rec while watching, plus conversion to a format acceptable to the Apple TV.
If you have any help, it would be appreciated. Or if you have any other solutions that might work.
Would i want two antennas to a single TV for any reason? if so, how would they connect?
I live on the 31st floor of a building, with clear line of sight to CN Tower as well as clear across Lake Ontario. All OTA charts seem to indicate that getting channels will not be a big issue.