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  Reply # 812364 6-May-2013 22:19
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9600GT should be ok if you are using windows media center. With mediaportal it may be a little borderline.

The hardware usually comes bundled with some tv viewing / recording software, but generally people don't use it and they install htpc software.

You should consider:
Windows MediaCenter
Mediaportal
Plex




HTPC: Intel i3-2100 / 12GB RAM / AMD HD7750 / 480 GB SSD / 58TB Storage / MediaPortal / MadVR / Win10
AVR: Pioneer Elite SC-LX87 220W 9.2 Ch AVR
Speakers: Wharfedale Jade 7 Fronts / Jade 2c Center / Jade 5 Rears
Subs: iNuke 3000dsp 3000W proamp with 4x 15" JBL Sealed Subs
Display: Samsung 60" UA60H6400 LCD TV
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  Reply # 812367 6-May-2013 22:22
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To view the tv you'll need to use hardware decoding (ie make the video card do the work) because your cpu is too slow to decode the video.




HTPC: Intel i3-2100 / 12GB RAM / AMD HD7750 / 480 GB SSD / 58TB Storage / MediaPortal / MadVR / Win10
AVR: Pioneer Elite SC-LX87 220W 9.2 Ch AVR
Speakers: Wharfedale Jade 7 Fronts / Jade 2c Center / Jade 5 Rears
Subs: iNuke 3000dsp 3000W proamp with 4x 15" JBL Sealed Subs
Display: Samsung 60" UA60H6400 LCD TV
Accessories: Gefen HDMI Detective with splitter




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  Reply # 812378 6-May-2013 22:31
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OK, ta. Maybe I can add more here after I get it and have any questions?
Cheers




Cheers - Kirk

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  Reply # 812383 6-May-2013 22:35
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sure, your hardware is a little borderline, but should be ok.




HTPC: Intel i3-2100 / 12GB RAM / AMD HD7750 / 480 GB SSD / 58TB Storage / MediaPortal / MadVR / Win10
AVR: Pioneer Elite SC-LX87 220W 9.2 Ch AVR
Speakers: Wharfedale Jade 7 Fronts / Jade 2c Center / Jade 5 Rears
Subs: iNuke 3000dsp 3000W proamp with 4x 15" JBL Sealed Subs
Display: Samsung 60" UA60H6400 LCD TV
Accessories: Gefen HDMI Detective with splitter




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  Reply # 812388 6-May-2013 22:45
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Thanks. Just ordered HDHomeRun from nicegear in Timaru but advised it *may* be out of stock.




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  Reply # 813655 8-May-2013 13:07
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You might like to take a look at this.
http://www.kaiserbaas.com/tv-radio-category/network-tv-tuner

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  Reply # 813691 8-May-2013 14:11
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traderstu: You might like to take a look at this.
http://www.kaiserbaas.com/tv-radio-category/network-tv-tuner


It's just a rebadged HDHomeRun



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  Reply # 813694 8-May-2013 14:17
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It's a little bit cheaper but with postage and exchange rate....

Nicegear are waiting for new shipment that may take several weeks. Maybe it'll be this one. Seems to be different styles too, one looked a bit 'double decker' with 2 Belling Lee connectors; another (later model?) has one F connector.




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  Reply # 813704 8-May-2013 14:31
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ADKM: It's a little bit cheaper but with postage and exchange rate....

Nicegear are waiting for new shipment that may take several weeks. Maybe it'll be this one. Seems to be different styles too, one looked a bit 'double decker' with 2 Belling Lee connectors; another (later model?) has one F connector.


I think you'll find that postage is free. Save yourself $45 and have it in 4 - 6 days - just an option for you.



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  Reply # 813711 8-May-2013 14:47
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Sadly I've already paid :(




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  Reply # 815241 10-May-2013 13:34
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Nicegear kindly gave me a refund and one Kaiser Bill is on the way :)
Thanks for the tip, sbiddle.




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  Reply # 815251 10-May-2013 13:56
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I'm busy setting up an HTPC. Just bought an old computer with an E6600 CPU, 2GB RAM, and an 8600GT. It works well for TV, but I haven't had a chance to test movies yet. I'm more worried about the 1080i/mkv stuff. It's using a Hauppauge 2200 (dual tuner) and works very well for that. HOWEVER, the Hauppauge cards are very sensitive to noise. If your signal is weak or there's interference, consider another option. As it is, I had to buy a more shielded aerial cable because it has to run parallel to some power cords. It's THAT sensitive.

WMC works very well. Install some codecs if you'll be watching movies. I like Sharky's. Media Browser is absolutely out of this world as far as browsing your shows and movies. The paid add-ons are also excellent, so consider them (they're pretty cheap really).

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  Reply # 815275 10-May-2013 14:35
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^ ur setup will be fine with 1080p mkv stuff, as the 8600GT can handle 1080p compliant mkv easily.




HTPC: Intel i3-2100 / 12GB RAM / AMD HD7750 / 480 GB SSD / 58TB Storage / MediaPortal / MadVR / Win10
AVR: Pioneer Elite SC-LX87 220W 9.2 Ch AVR
Speakers: Wharfedale Jade 7 Fronts / Jade 2c Center / Jade 5 Rears
Subs: iNuke 3000dsp 3000W proamp with 4x 15" JBL Sealed Subs
Display: Samsung 60" UA60H6400 LCD TV
Accessories: Gefen HDMI Detective with splitter


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  Reply # 815533 10-May-2013 23:14
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Thanks! Fingers crossed.



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  Reply # 817133 14-May-2013 00:48
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Just going back to the HDHomeRun device, after talking with others, maybe my assumptions are wrong?  Will this allow recordings in the 1080i resolution, or just stream them for viewing in 1080i ?

Thanks.

PS. My router has 4 ports, one of which connects to a switch and lets me connect other devices for DLNA.

Will need another switch to let me connect the HDHomeRun... is this likely to present any problems?




Cheers - Kirk

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