Okay, this might seem a bit complicated, but im getting a bit frustrated.
Anyway, we have 2 LCD TV's and recently someone else in the house decided to get MySky HDi, though we had recently just built the HTPC which has been out of service for short while due to hardware issues.
As you may know these both perform the same role as a PVR, but the Mysky obviously does Sky and the HTPC does Freeview HD, with sky on the Svideo input, which doesn't really work out for the HD channels.
Awesome mspaint diagram of the setup:
So what i'm trying to figure out is now how do i fit the HTPC back into it? We still watch videos stored on the hard drive so it will be used, however not for the original purpose.
Options i think include:
1) I attempt to integrate Sky into the HTPC by buying a DVB-S2 tuner and tuning in directly with my trusty 45xx card. I loose a bit of ease of use of the HDi but the biggest concern is loosing the component out which is servicing the TV upstairs with HD sports since this isnt downscaled over component. This would be a good option if it wasnt for the last bit.
2) Same as above but buying another whole HTPC for upstairs too, being a client of the downstairs one. This solves the component issue but is very expensive.
2) Putting the HTPC upstairs, which means i will have a means of recording up there which there isnt currently, though not a big issue. I would have to use the DVD home theatre's HDMI cable since we cant really run any more cables to the TV (hard to explain), and i would have to unplug the optical sound input into the home theatre which is currently being used by the TV with integrated tuner, since there is only one. I'd also have to take the aerial cable to the TV since unless i run a splitter.
3) Trash HTPC completely . This would make me sad since time + money has been spent, it has a lot of potential etc, you know the rest.
Im starting to pull my hair out since its not going as i want, pretty much thanks to the HDi unit.