It's coming together: I got the HD HomeRun and the i7 Mac mini "DIY Fusion" deal Newegg was running. Reception remains a bit of an issue, but I think it's getting there.
Executive summary: Plex or XMBC, and do either invoke EyeTV directly, and or can they be made to?
Longer: in my old London set-up, I used Front Row. Add me to the list of people for whom that and PyeTV was perfect. But, it's gone, and the workaround extracting the Snow Leopard files is broken on Mavericks. Oh well.
For most of my use, EyeTV, and its interface, are fine. I export from time to time, and have a Turbo.264 HD, so I can take shows with me on the MacBook and iPad, so iTunes is fine. Once watched, I delete them. I don't have a huge media library, and don't plan to start. To the extent I watch movies, it has been iTunes to date. I have an Apple TV if I want to play with Netflix at some point but it's not a problem or issue for the Mac mini set-up. I also used to like the music streaming and photos, though I guess Apple TV can handle that, too. While I do know what MKVs are (!), I have been happy converting those to MP4 in Handbrake or Turbo, again I don't need to plan for a database so front ends that play that stuff natively are nice, but to date I've not felt that the UI complexity compensated for those few extra steps.
But I'd like to control it through my Harmony remote or even the Apple remote, and I'd love it if users could share their experiences.
I have looked at Plex and XBMC. I marginally prefer the visuals of the former, but it does not like EyeTV and sticks. It is possible this is a Mavericks issue; I had to try the monthly build of XMBC as the regular release also crashed and that definitely is a Mavericks issue. But when I load the plug-in for EyeTV, unless I'm mistaken, it is streaming: certainly the picture was jerky and pixelated, and not from bad reception. Am I missing something? I worry I am not when my Google searches show up a lot of talk of Automater scripts. Again, I may be wrong but I was wondering who would go to the trouble of getting uncompressed 1080i and do that to it?
Of course I'll play with it but it would be good to get the "right" answer on what the vanilla Front Row replacement is so as to direct the playing somewhat time-efficiently...
One other question: for those times when only a mouse will do, I used to use Teleport as a KVM. It also breaks in Mavericks (on a new install; old setups imported in seem OK), and even when it was working it had a problem in that it placed the mouse right at the close window point for iTunes full screen content so I was and am using Screen Sharing instead, which is much klunkier. It looks like the developer is no longer updating it, and good for him: I hope he used it as a good calling card for a job as it was a nice piece of software. Synergy used to be a pain: has it improved?