i've built 5 boxes for my friends in my neighborhood and 2 for people in my apt complex when i lived in my apartment in the last year.
A. Use the PCIe, its better and has less conflicts than the USB Tuner.
B. The USB Tuner is Cheaper and Mobile (can hop from system to system in your house, but then again you can also just setup network tuners).
C. The USB Tuner had Firmware issues ( I was updating the USB Tuner's firmware to a beta version before I delivered the units, that resolved the issues, also had to set USB Power Settings to Always on/Never Off.
D. If you dont have a Window fan on the side of your PC Case, I recommend some type of active cooling on the card, if you have poor airflow in your case, this card will get warm, then hot, and from there issues will set it.
E1. The Tuners (USB or PCIe) are both 1 way, you’d most likely need a SDV adapter, you should get every channel you pay for (HBO, MAX, Encore, ESPN, Whatever), the only channels that will not work are the ON DEMAND channels which are actually 2 way Communications, Streaming Video -> Hardware MAC.
E2. If you want HBO or MAX on Demand, both Channels now Offer HBO Go and Max GO, and by my count, the GO websites for both channels have nearly 5x the content as their Cable Box OnDemand Counterparts. Seeing as the Xbox 360 has apps for Epix and HBO Go, im pretty sure media center will have them soon as well.
Im waiting to get more Info on the Ceton Q and Echo’s, there is a Ceton Person that posts here on AVS somewhere.
I just wanted to know if the Ceton Q would be able to have tuners set for network tuners, as I would buy one of those and use some of the tuners for network tuners on PCs.
I’ve already seen reviews of the Ceton Q being a custom PC running a Custom media Center front end, and I would supposedly be able to re-format and install Win7 onto the hardware if I wanted to.
if not I'll just build a Water Cooled Silent PC w/ 2 Infiniti4 PCIe Cards ( 8 tuners total) and set a few of those for network tuners.
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