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post #1 of 5 Old 01-03-2012, 09:22 AM - Thread Starter
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My goal:
Cut cable
OTA antenna (DIY antenna already made)
Disney Channel for my son, YouTube, so googletv???
DVR for OTA broadcasts
AirPlay
Easy for wife to navigate
Send signal to 2 TVs. 1 is already HDMI'd through the wall. The other u would have to run or wireless.

Current equipment:
Laptop win 7
PS3
iPad 2 - AirPlay/ and maybe as a remote?
DIY OTA antenna

So is one of the boxes the best method? Boxee , Roku, etc????
HTPC buy or build?
Utilize my current equipment?
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You can get most of what you want already with your PS3, just subscribe to Hulu Plus and you can eliminate the DVR*. PlayOn will stream most online content(including CBS) but it's buggy on Sony devices.

*except for CBS content.
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Personally what I did was buy a used PC for $25 from a friend who had upgraded, put a decent video card in it and connected it to my TV. Get a tuner card and it can be your DVR as well. I use an app called Mobile Mouse on the iPad to control it (works beautifully, much better and cheaper than any wireless keyboard/mouse combo). Most other streaming can be done with the PS3 as moviegeek said.

Unless things have changed recently, I don't think Disney has any free content aside from a few shorts and clips, so that's probably not worth pursuing.

And I think Airplay only works with an Apple TV box. It used to work with windows media center on iOS 4 with a 3rd party hack, but not iOS 5.
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Thanks for the reply. I was going to build a small HTPC or get an Acer but am worried that it will be too difficult for my wife to navigate. She can do it but just likes it to be easier.
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How about a TiVo DVR w/lifetime fee, for the OTA? You can get the TiVo unit itself from Amazon for about $75, and the lifetime fee from TiVo, for $499 (I know - a lot upfront, but lifetime is their best deal. You'd need a wireless adapter, too, but they're discounted pretty well on Amazon).

There are also a couple of other standalone, ATSC-capable DVR's that are available, which are covered here in the "HDTV Recorders" forum - but the TiVo is generally the most reliable and well-supported solution.

Then you could just add another streaming box, or whatever.
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