For this first post, I'll hover around a little & wibble about the latest addition to the media pc.
Engage hovering! (This only works if you all hover too.. if you don't/can't/won't hover then nevermind, you'll only get some of the following text).
Ok, so I have a media pc, which I've tried to make the main interface for all my digital media needs in the home. Not because it was a shiny tagline, and not because someone said it'd be a good idea, but more out of necessity. I wanted a way to integrate European and UK tv programming into a single guide, be able to schedule recordings, watch recordings, live TV, dvds, blurays, avis, mkvs, mp3s, from any room I could be bothered to configure it for. I've more or less got that now, but there's always a bit somewhere that I can tinker with to improve.
In this case, the main issue is that the satellite tv provider here in the UK has a pretty close minded view of how you should experience its programming. It's either through their set-top box, or not at all. There are some entertaining ways to make it work without one of their boxes (still with a valid subscriber card), but I'm trying to be a bit more like a Tivo, control their box via IR, and feed its video output through a media pc.
Sounds easy, except in todays fantastic high def world, 'they' dont want you doing that anymore. If you want to pause a movie, you must use their pause button, not attempt to create one for yourself.. at least not if you want to pause it in high def. So there's a slight challenge to overcome before you can even connect a high def uk set-top satellite box to your media center.
|USB HD PVR|
|HD PVR Colossus|
All seems pretty nice at the mo, and there doesnt seem to be the need for the powercycles the usb model required.. although there's an issue that I can only use stereo audio at the mo, until/if dvblink or Hauppauge resolve why AAC audio is silent through dvblink, and AC3 works fine.