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Turn your PC into home theater computer server

By tipstir ยท 156 replies
Sep 23, 2007
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  1. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,425   +112

    New! Black Sev7en Media Center Edition Theme Build 815


    Introducing Black Sev7en Media Center Edition Theme for Media MVP.

    I was inspired to create this theme after the current release of Windows 7.
    The selector method would be the very first item on top of the list in this example above Movie Library would be selected.

    Under Picture Library you can go to either direction shown with the selection choice you have.

    This has all the latest patch fixes and now the Web browser can be use
    to view real HTML pages instead of using JPEG image screen dumps. To
    exit out of the Web Browser you need to press 2x Back/Exit.

    Download Build 815 - 10/23/09 (USA Link)

    Note: Media MVP Customizer Build 215 or higher will support this newer theme only.
  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,425   +112

    I had wonder what happen to this thread. Good to see it's still around. Media MVP been around since 2003. Final versions have Digital Coax Sound along with S-Video. Since most video online is SD quality it works out great. SageTV allows you to play MP4, MOV an etc. The faster the system server the best way to run SageTV mediamvp. This link shows you the what the final MediaMVP Server software I created looks like and where you can download it.

    MediaMVP 2010

  3. Buckshot420

    Buckshot420 TS Enthusiast Posts: 301

    I'll raise this thread from the dead. What is my best option for integrating my PC with a Verizon FIOS television service. I know about the encryption for "premium" channels but I am not familiar with TV Tuner products. What are my options?
  4. amythompson172

    amythompson172 TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Interesting... I may just have to build a new computer full of spare parts and see how this goes. :D
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    Hmm; I'm a fan of K.I.S.S (keeping it simple & stupid).

    My Dell Laptop has iTunes(300+) and MyPictures(4k+) and I access it all using WdTV connected to my Samsung LED 120hz TV over an EoP link to the router. The primary use is to access Netflix over the net rather than using the DVDs via the snail-mail.

    Just last night, I accessed iTunes and started a playback of a folder
    and then went to MyPictures and did a slideshow concurrently - - really sweet to get both at the same time - -
    all from a laptop too :grin:
  6. bigunitd

    bigunitd TS Rookie

    tipstir Hi I have just purchased 2 old HP servers from a uni that upgraded there systems (I got them at auction for $9 a piece) they are the hp proliant dl580 and dl380 with intel xeon processors - they didnt come with scsi hdd so I need to buy some and install them, which one would you choose to keep and run as a home network home theater system and what do I need to purchase to make it run with hd tv - as we dont have any analogue in australia anymore, I'd like to be able to watch at least 2 channels at a time and record 2 channels if I can from various locations in my home. I also want to be able to download and stream movies to the tv's around the house, and finally listen to music from it. so what do I need to buy to achieve this?
  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,425   +112

    Wow, this thread still going... Today I record in HDTV from HDTV ANT mounted and outside on roof and ditch Comcast Digital Cable service costing me over $2,000 USD per year. Just way to expensive and the service was lousy! I get now 67 digital clear sharp vivid channels with the 40 mile HDTV RCA outdoor ANT. I do all the work outside myself and connect to module Cabletex box. Inside that box is 8-way drop connect amp which goes into pre-amp. I also use HD HomeRun Dual Network Tuners I have two so that's 4 tuners in all. I can connect any PC that runs Windows Media Center and use that do all the recording on. Better than building a PC as HTC and dump tuners in there. This way two mini box handle the tuners that are connected to managed L2 switch.

    Works a lot better. I also have a NAS on the network this replaces my 2010 Media Server. Which was the last one running until 2012. HomeRun HD replaced the old Analog tuners and NAS replaced the Media Servers. These servers use up way to much electric running 24/7 no stop.

    Technology has come along way with using the PC to manage recordings. Local channels and cable channels are now offered by some local HDTV stations so more are coming soon.

    So Windows 7 Media Center can record/playback and use the EGD Electronic Guide. You can also watch Netflix though it. I also got rid of all my SageTV and MVP players then started to use in 2009 and now SONY Network Media Players SMP-N100 and the newer one is SMP-N200. These works with Windows Shares. Prior I had tapped in the Media Server since 2009 to 2012 then getting the NAS really helps a lot since that has Media Server built, Web Server, FTP Server. Comes in handy.

    Old HP Prolant Servers are going to eat up your electronic bill just to let you know.

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