I'd like to build a HTPC that serves as the single focal point for all entertainment in the living room -- something that can do both media serving (movies, music) and video switching. That is, something like this:
I'd like to move video switching from the receiver to the HTPC, so the HTPC is not just a video source to the receiver/TV, but the controller for all other components. Doing this allows for a seamless, integrated entertainment environment, with no fiddling with horrible receiver controls. But I have no idea if this is possible.
My particular requirements:
No DVR or tuner required - satellite receiver handles this
No external disc player - HTPC uses internal BD drive
I have nothing specced out -- need to determine interface software, box specs, external HD specs, etc
Any thoughts? A few older threads here seemed to ask a similar question, with no resolution as yet. If today's (or tomorrow's) HTPC can't do video switching (including HDMI), I can always move the satellite/xbox/wii/etc upstream and connect straight to the receiver. But it would be so much cleaner to have the HTPC do it...
The only solution I can think of would be to get hauppauge HD-PVR (one for each device). I would think that would at least allow you to input component video into the HTPC. This solution of course would cost more than a mainstream reciever, as you would need one for each device.
Just hook everything up to the reciever (Thats why it is there in the first place).
On harmony remotes, if your primary usage of the remote is going to be HTPC with DVR/Movies, I've found the 670 to have the best layout (close proximity of OK, arrows, and play, stop, FF, RW, etc) and at a decent price point. It also has the 'learn IR' port which is useful if you have a device/remote that doesn't exist on the Harmony website.