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Hey guys what's the best way to do this.
I have a Tivo and a Replay but I want to go the PC based PVR route.
Currently I have a dual 1Ghz PC with two mirrored 160Gig hard drives.

What I want to be able to do is..
record 2 shows at once (DirecTV non HDTV for now) DIVX encoded without commercals if at all possible.
I assume DIVX is the way to go with the following requirements.
A couple front in devices to stream the video to these locations
via wireless connection.
For a few months out of the year I'll probably record 20 shows a week.
Most will be watched right away and then deleted, others may need to stay on the box a while, I say this for disk space requirements.
Will I be able to use my current PC?
What do you suggest for disk space?
What's the current best capture card?
Will I be able to stream the video via wireless?
MythTV the best?
And whatever advice you can give that I havn't thought of would very much
be appreciated.
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You might look at a sling box, It does not cover all your requirements, but for $250 it has a lot of nifty features (are they usefull? I don't know, but you can't argue about being nifty!)
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This may not be much help but ... I bought the
hauppauge PVR 150 (on recommendation of
friend thats 'really' into HTPC). This is a pci card
that includes a single tuner and a HW mpeg
encoder (so your CPU doesn't have to do it ...).

I found this pretty easy to install and use (you
need to download the newest drivers from there
website though ...).

The included software is 'basic' but does the job
for recording one show at a time. I am currently
working on having my PC boot up on its own
to record shows (when i am away). My MB comes
with "wake on RTC", that i hope will allow this
(i've been told this is achievable, i just need to
research the details ). Having it shutdown when
done is a simple "windows Task scheduler" issue.

I understand that software like Beyond TV 3.x
will handle multple tuners for your "record two
shows at once".

The issue i can't answer for you is the Divx
encoding. Having <whatever> encoding you
are after built into your Hardware, really alleviates
the need for massive PC processing horsepower.
(this is why i chose the hauppauge card).

If you want to do HD, i was recommended to check
out the "MACRO IMAGE MDP-130 HDTV Tuner Card",
this card is more expensive, but does both analog
and HD.

the card i bought was 100 - 10 discount = 90$
at circuit city.
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Hey guys what's the best way to do this.
I have a Tivo and a Replay but I want to go the PC based PVR route.
Currently I have a dual 1Ghz PC with two mirrored 160Gig hard drives.

What I want to be able to do is..
record 2 shows at once (DirecTV non HDTV for now) DIVX encoded without commercals if at all possible.
I assume DIVX is the way to go with the following requirements.
A couple front in devices to stream the video to these locations
via wireless connection.
For a few months out of the year I'll probably record 20 shows a week.
Most will be watched right away and then deleted, others may need to stay on the box a while, I say this for disk space requirements.
Will I be able to use my current PC?
What do you suggest for disk space?
What's the current best capture card?
Will I be able to stream the video via wireless?
MythTV the best?
And whatever advice you can give that I havn't thought of would very much
be appreciated.
Ok to start, that PC should be plenty powerful, you'll probably want more power if you go HD. Storage space is all up to you. I currently have 80 gigs set aside but that's only with one tuner. Your 320 should be plenty.

If you're a Linux guy, MythTV is for you. If you're a windows guy look at the demo versions of SageTV, BeyondTV, or consider WindowsMCE.

You'll want a hardware encoding pvr card or two...consider two hauppauge pvr-150s or 1 pvr500 (dual tuner)

If you can get very good wireless signal you may be able to stream SD using wireless-G. Hauppauge also makes something called a MediaMVP, if you go with SageTV you can flash the MediaMVP with a custom SageClient that will let them connect to your SageTV PVR. They are currently only a wired solution but there has been an announcement that one with built in WiFi-G will be available soon.

Check out HTPCnews.com ...it's what they're all about over there.
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