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Hi All,

I want to build my first HTPC and I'd like some advice on whether I am dreaming too big or not.

What I'd like to do is build the PC so that it has an A/V output that I can feed into a frequency agile modulator. I want to be able to tune into my "HTPC Channel" on any set in my house. Once I am on the HTPC Channel, I'd like to be able to control the PC with a WiFi-based remote control.

If anyone has done this and can point me to the right video card and solution for the WiFi remote, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance.
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You can kiss HD goodbye by using this setup. Seems like a lot of work to set up an SD system.
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You can do it with a ZeeVee system.

See what an anamorphoscopic lens can do, see movies the way they were meant to be seen
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You can do it with a ZeeVee system.

The ZeeVee website doesn't go into a lot of details about this. I see that ZeeVee allows internet television, but I don't see anything about connecting a computer's video output to a ZeeVee input, and then sending the ZeeVee output over coax.

To the OP - I agree with servicetech that HD is not going to be possible. The frequency modulators I've seen only have composite and stereo inputs, so any video card that has s-video or composite outputs should work for the video, and your onboard audio or sound card 3.5mm stereo output would work for the sound. I don't have any recommendation for a HTPC remote that would work.

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I just looked at the commercial Zinc (ZvPro 250), which does allow HD feeds. Wow, what a price tag: $2329! That looks like it would be an expensive option, but it would definitely work.
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http://www.zeevee.com/connected-home/zvbox100

"Access ANY computer application from your HDTV
In addition to video entertainment, ZvBox allows you to use your HDTVs to do anything you can already do on your computer, including email, web browsing, photos, music, and home movies. "

It takes and HD15 (VGA) input and encodes it to an MPEG-2 transport stream and then modulates it as an ATSC channel. Any ATSC TV can then view it, and with the remote you can control the PC on the other end.

IMO though you're better off with extenders or multiple PCs. Probably not much more expensive and each TV is then independent.

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There is also a solution like this, but it uses traditional networking infrastructure instead of a broadcast channel.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1157457

Although I agree with Stanger. For home use, a person would be better off using a Sage server and getting an extender for each TV.

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Thanks everyone for the responses and pointers. Very much appreciated as I am new to this.

I'll do my homework and revise my ideas/expectations.

Thanks again.
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