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Forum: Over-The-Air (OTA) Digital Television   2015-11-01, 05:00 PM
Replies: 4,353
Views: 1,177,729
Posted By pnear
This is going to seem like an odd suggestion, but...

This is going to seem like an odd suggestion, but I found myself in the same situation this summer and was pulling my hair out. Replaced parts, tightened connections, re-pointed antennas. In my...
Forum: OTA Reception Results   2015-10-02, 01:25 AM
Replies: 1,366
Views: 319,422
Posted By pnear
One of the tools I use to troubleshoot my HDHR is...

One of the tools I use to troubleshoot my HDHR is an iPad app called SignalGH. You can tune in to the problem channel and watch a line graph of signal and quality over time. This app helped me to...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2015-09-25, 11:19 AM
Replies: 482
Views: 205,219
Posted By pnear
I've officially moved off of Media Center, it's a...

I've officially moved off of Media Center, it's a sad day!

I'll try to keep things running with the old blog posts and hacks, let me know if any of the links break or if anyone needs access to...
Forum: Over-The-Air (OTA) Digital Television   2015-04-27, 05:37 PM
Replies: 4,353
Views: 1,177,729
Posted By pnear
Update on my challenges: - swapped out the...

Update on my challenges:
- swapped out the Kitztech for another pre-amp, no change
- triple-checked all the cables and connections, no change
- added a cheap Antennas Direct VHF Reflector kit,...
Forum: Over-The-Air (OTA) Digital Television   2015-04-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 4,353
Views: 1,177,729
Posted By pnear
Here is my TVFool: ...

Here is my TVFool: http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3df1f055de7f1e5b

And FMFool: http://imgur.com/48KtWUT

I could easily add a VHF antenna in the attic, I think I'll...
Forum: Over-The-Air (OTA) Digital Television   2015-04-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 4,353
Views: 1,177,729
Posted By pnear
Signal issues lately

I've been soaking in as much knowledge as I can today from this thread, and am hoping that you might be able to provide some advice.

The Issue:
I've been running stacked CM4221 antennas in my...
Forum: OTA Station & Network Operational Status   2015-03-07, 08:48 PM
Replies: 1,460
Views: 322,599
Posted By pnear
CFTO Issues

CFTO is usually rock-solid for me in Milton, but has been having lots of signal strength/receptions issues in the last week or so. Went up into the attic today to check if maybe I was having issues...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-10-01, 09:26 AM
Replies: 482
Views: 205,219
Posted By pnear
You should definitely be getting more than that. ...

You should definitely be getting more than that. Let's start with some of the basics.

1. Do you have a decent antenna? You can expect the tuner in your computer to be a bit weaker than your...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-08-18, 11:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,234
Posted By pnear
I use a wifi hard drive for this purpose, the...

I use a wifi hard drive for this purpose, the Seagate Wireless Plus. Put all my content on it, turn on the wifi, all devices in range now have access to the content.

For "odd" formats I use the...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-06-29, 10:17 PM
Replies: 482
Views: 205,219
Posted By pnear
Good to hear it! Yeah, it's a pain to setup the...

Good to hear it! Yeah, it's a pain to setup the series again and there are tools to help with that, but when things get this messed up I don't really want a tool to bring back in potentially bad...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-06-27, 08:54 PM
Replies: 482
Views: 205,219
Posted By pnear
I just did a brand-new setup on Windows 7 with...

I just did a brand-new setup on Windows 7 with zip code 14174 and got all the guide data downloaded. Sorry man, I'm a bit stumped.

Have you ever run my Canada guide hack on these machines? ...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-06-27, 08:28 PM
Replies: 482
Views: 205,219
Posted By pnear
Well now you have me wondering if maybe I just...

Well now you have me wondering if maybe I just haven't looked far enough into the future! I'll double-check and get back to you.
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-06-27, 09:03 AM
Replies: 482
Views: 205,219
Posted By pnear
I'm still using that zipcode and haven't seen the...

I'm still using that zipcode and haven't seen the same issues. My next step would be to redo the Live TV setup, sometimes the database gets messed up and just needs a kick. Use this procedure to...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-06-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,505
Posted By pnear
Yes, Microsoft took that site down and we lost...

Yes, Microsoft took that site down and we lost the latest version of the article. Sigh.

An older version is on my blog, and I've updated the download links so that they work....
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-06-13, 09:58 AM
Replies: 482
Views: 205,219
Posted By pnear
I use a US Zip code now as well for my OTA setup....

I use a US Zip code now as well for my OTA setup. Here are the situations where you might need to use the hack:
1. If you don't live near the US
2. If you want to mix US OTA with Canadian...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-06-12, 04:37 PM
Replies: 482
Views: 205,219
Posted By pnear
Hmm, sounds to me like you might have an issue...

Hmm, sounds to me like you might have an issue with the scheduled task. That could happen either because you didn't run it as admin, or the xml files weren't edited properly (those are the setup...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-05-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,371
Posted By pnear
There are a few options. Since you already have...

There are a few options. Since you already have an HTPC set up, probably makes sense to leverage that. If you have hard-wired network to the HTPC, then I would get a HDHomerun tuner so you don't...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-04-06, 08:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,530
Posted By pnear
Fair enough, in this context I would call those...

Fair enough, in this context I would call those streamers.
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-04-06, 09:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,530
Posted By pnear
Cutting the Cable in 2014 - Discussion of Options

As the conversation about cord-cutting has gone more mainstream, I saw a need for an honest rundown of the major options that a tech-curious consumer is likely to find in 2014. I know that given the...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-04-02, 04:04 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,888
Posted By pnear
Something to check is an old issue with gigabit...

Something to check is an old issue with gigabit switches and extenders. Go into the device manager on the media center PC, and in the detailed settings for the network card make sure that flow...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-04-02, 01:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,671
Posted By pnear
I use this weird "next generation remote control...

I use this weird "next generation remote control extender" to control a hidden AV receiver from another room. Tried it on a long shot after other IR extenders kept failing on me.

I am shocked to...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-04-02, 10:31 AM
Replies: 482
Views: 205,219
Posted By pnear
Sorry guys, didn't realize that Microsoft had...

Sorry guys, didn't realize that Microsoft had killed off yet another "official forum" for Media Center support. Updated the links in the blog article now, not sure if I'll be able to recover the old...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-02-24, 07:34 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,888
Posted By pnear
Unfortunately not, it's XBox 360 or a...

Unfortunately not, it's XBox 360 or a Linksys/Dlink/Ceton extender if you want to use the windows media center interface remotely. Media Center, while a great product, was basically abandoned by...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-02-10, 11:29 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,888
Posted By pnear
Are you using Media Center on Windows 7? If...

Are you using Media Center on Windows 7?

If so, then a media center extender might work in this case. I set up a TV in my kitchen for the olympics, using an old Linksys extender over wifi. You...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2014-01-16, 11:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 22,538
Posted By pnear
If slingbox is in the running still, and you're...

If slingbox is in the running still, and you're willing to drive to Buffalo to pick it up from a US post box, then get on this deal right away. $39 for a slingbox which is unheard of.

News...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-12-08, 01:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,632
Posted By pnear
I tried to do some of this many years ago, so...

I tried to do some of this many years ago, so here are some tips from memory.

1. The default way that should "just work" is to use the analog outputs of your sound card to the analog 6-channel...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-10-17, 10:42 AM
Replies: 303
Views: 115,031
Posted By pnear
A couple things to check: 1. The drivers for...

A couple things to check:
1. The drivers for your video card (not the tuner, but the video card). Get it from the manufacturer's website (Intel, AMD, nVidia) not windows update.
2. Deinterlacing. ...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-09-16, 10:08 AM
Replies: 482
Views: 205,219
Posted By pnear
I had similar issues in the GTA. Wrote an...

I had similar issues in the GTA. Wrote an article several years ago with my troubleshooting steps.
...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-09-04, 11:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,401
Posted By pnear
Sounds like a good use case for simple.tv, but...

Sounds like a good use case for simple.tv, but not available yet in Canada. I assume our little Buffalo zipcode trick would work for it, but can't confirm.

-Pete
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2013-09-02, 08:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,084
Posted By pnear
What about an iPad mini and an AppleTV. Not...

What about an iPad mini and an AppleTV. Not quite what you're looking for, but I've found myself using that combo for many more things on my TV lately.

Netflix natively on the AppleTV, web...
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