So my cable provider just switched to encrypted digital and I'm being forced to pay for set top boxes. I don't like the idea of being ransomed to utilize a service I'm already paying for and I REFUSE to pay $25 a month for the "privilege" of renting a single dvr. So Im trying to figure out how to turn my computer into a whole home dvr using a cablecard adapter.
Here's what I have so far. I can either use an HDHomerunPrime which has 3 tuners and is onsale for $130, or I can get a Ceton InfiniTv4 which has 4 tuners for $200. I can hook either up to my computer and use Windows Media Center or XBMC to watch and schedule recordings.
Then comes the tricky part. How to get the tv and recordings off my computer and onto the TV's. None of my tv's are smart tv's and none are HD. I have 2 ideas:
First is using Chromecast ($35) the HDMI dongle that uses your wireless network to stream content to your tv.
Issues with that: How do I use a remote to change channels? I know I can use my phone to send things to Chromecast, but is there
a way I can use my phone as a remote for WMC or XBMC? and second: Chromecast is an HDMI dongle, is there an adapter thats female HDMI to male coax or to RCA?
Second option is using the PIVOS XIOS DS ($100) which natively supports XBMC and can access the network either wired or with an adapter ($13), and has an available remote ($25)
Issue being its going to be pretty expensive to hook each tv up to the system.
So is there a better way of going about this? I think my understanding of how to get my computer to function as a DVR is fairly sound. My major issue is weather there is a better way to get the tv and recordings to my tv's. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks