2 TVs, 2 laptops, and you want to be able to view live TV and recorded TV on every device?
If that's the case, I don't know of a great way to achieve what you want. Especially with DTV (no Cablecard support), the only way I know to get what you want would be very expensive and cumbersome.
To get DTV into the computer (so you can DVR it using 7MC), you're going to probably need something like an HDPVR:http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hdpvr.html
And a STB (DirecTV Box) for each HDPVR. The HDPVR will use that box to tune the channels and take the component output, encode it, and then present it up to your DVR application for recording.
These recordings will be viewable on any computer in the house (when they are finished), so that hits your requirement for DVR. However, your requirement for LiveTV requires more hardware... You'll also need an XB360 (XBox 360) at each TV to serve as a media extender. This will allow you to view LiveTV and Recorded TV with the full Media Center interface (which, BTW, is very, very nice).
So, a few HD-PVRs, the same number of DTV receivers, and a few XBox 360s will get you very close to what you want. The technology that you really want is known as "Softsled" and does not exist. This is the ability to make a computer function as an extender (so you can watch live TV and have the full 7MC interface).. It's something we all desperately want, but, today, the best compromise is a computer AND an XB360 at each TV.
Hope this helps.
Originally Posted by angelosp
I am about to move into my new apartment in Chicago which comes with DirecTV. With a few days before the move, I'm trying to figure out if the following is feasible:
I have 2 TVs and 2 laptops. Each of the 2 TVs has a HTPC attached to it.
I want to be able to view live TV and manage my recordings through Windows Media Center on both the TVs and the laptops. I want a recording made on one of my TVs to be possible to view on one of my laptops seamlessly (and vice versa).
What do you guys think? Will a combination of Windows 7, Windows Home Server and some hardware get this done?
Thank you in advance[moved here from HDTV Recorders]