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reply to Anon
Re: Hometheater PC is the only way to go.
said by hottboiinnc:Ugh. You guys are freakin' clueless. You can turn a normal PC (and a cheap one at that) into a custom DVR with the right equipment. If you want to drop $400 on a Ceton InfiniTV card and build yourself a cheap Core i3 and a set of HDDs (they're cheap), you'd have a sweet DVR and have it quite customizable.
i'm not clueless. It's the fact that he claims he downloads his shows. The fact is Media Center does not work fully that way. Any idiot can DVR shows. The thing is their still encrypted. So its no different than watching them on a cable co's box.
When you're on here trying to show off your DVR/HTPC and its nothing more than a Media Center PC- its time to grow up. They don't even compare to each other. One is just an over priced PC and that's all it ever will be. The one actually from the MSO; is a true cable box and DVR. NOT an overpriced PC that will be out of date within the next year if not already out of date by the time Dell sends it to you.
Me, I'm stuck with a Pace TDC775 that is grouchy at times. Sometimes it eats shows, if you don't turn it off properly it'll erase itself.. you can't upgrade the HDD in it to something bigger.. half of the ports are disabled.. The list goes on. (Why the hell do you use XFS on a DVR?)
At least WMC12 can support 1 (or 2) of these cards plus a couple OTA adapters, therefore creating a rather overkill DVR.
..and what is your definition of a "True Cable Box and DVR"? All a cable box does is properly decrypt and tune a set of pecific channels that are provisioned by the Cable Company. A DVR just records that specific channel in an encrypted format on a Hard Drive.
Building your own DVR destroys some of the restrictions and problems. Sure, you still have encryption.. But at least you'll have more space, less chance of it getting hungry for your favorite shows, and more capabilities like MRV over your network and recording even more channels at once.
Have you ever recorded one channel while watching another.. then when your other show is about to come on, your Cable DVR automatically switches to the other channel while you're in the middle of a different show? It's freakin' annoying. I'd love to have a Quad Tuner DVR, but can't build one just yet.
BTW: There's a difference between downloading your shows and "timeshifting" them.
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