A colleague and I have been discussing concepts for whole home HTPC setups, with analogue TV gone in the South Island the idea of extending an HTPC seems better than buying a freeview PVR for separate rooms and having fragmented content.
I thought I'd bounce my ideas around and see what experience you guys have in this area.
- every room can access live tv with PVR functionality
- live TV channels can be changed in each room
- every room has access to server based media (Movies/TV)
- the system front end is wife/mum/dad/grandma friendly
- dedicated HTPC server with tuner cards to service all the rooms with Freeview/Sky
- Plex or similar media server
Frontend (one per room):
- A streaming device capable of running XBMC (or alternative) probably R Pi
- XBMC probably with PleXBMC depending on media server
The media server part of the concept seems relatively straightforward, the part I foresee difficulty with is getting a TV stream to each room (can an individual tuner be assigned to each box), being able to change channels in the rooms, PVR functions in the rooms and all the complication seems to increase if its sky instead of freeview.
XBMC seems to offer a great interface where live and server based media can be accessed without needing separate software (wife factor).
Is this concept possible or is my head in the clouds, does anyone have experience with a similar setup, possibly with different software/hardware combinations. Interested in any feedback.