Originally Posted by 99gecko
I'm still hesitant about this about the DTVPAL DVR now that I know it no longer has an NTSC tuner, as the original specs indicated. Personally I think my long term objective is better served by building an HTPC. Looking forward to your review.
Yes indeed I am also looking forward to the review, even though I have been using my HTPC for the last three years, with access to both multi tuners ATSCís and NTSCís tuners Via OTA. To tell the truth I canít say to much bad about HTPC's and I have not even touch its full capacity, as donít need some of them or prefer other options.
I have enjoyed such things as,
Ö Full blown PVR (HD 5-channel audio), time shift recording multiple program recording. Viewing picture in picture from three sources at the same time different channels. It sure comes in handy when you are watching the three news channels and what to avoid watching commercials. You heard of people channel hoping? Well no more one click or push of remote and you can select the station not broadcasting commercials.
Ö Multiple monitor support. Viewing large screen TV and running computer at same time.
Ö Recording and viewing different programs at the same time.
Ö Streaming live OTA TV HD & Analog or recorded video via internet to multiple computers.
Ö Full video & audio editing capabilities, including program commercial removal etc.
Ö Home monitoring & security.
I could go on and on but I will let you find out for yourself, itís pretty well endless what you can do, with some imagination
To tell you the truth I havenít even figure out or used all the capabilities of mine yet, but I am still having fun!
One of my friends went another direction using a relatively new system called Archos media player http://www.archos.com/?country=global&lang=en
that wasnít available when I began assembling my system. It is very powerful and quite flexible system and can do many things. I might have gone this way if they had it a few years back. The only down side I see itís a little pricey, although assembling a good HTPC be as well. If youíre thinking of HTPC itís worth a looking into.
Happy New Year!