Originally Posted by StrikeOne33
I'll be moving into a new home in NY soon and plan on using FIOS. I've Been doing a lot of research but wanted to clear up some of my confusion as I know this site has a lot of experienced users with this topic.
I have a "server PC" (W7Pro) with all of my media stored on it that I use to stream to my two HTPCs(W7)... My plan was to install an Infinitv4 on the "central PC" and use that card to "stream" live TV to the HTPCs.
I personally think your best bet with fios is to put the tuner on the "server" and let it handle the recordings... with this setup the HTPCs won't be doing any recording but will still play most recordings without an extender. The problem is live tv as htpcs can't be extenders so they can't play "remote" live tv, (though it might be possible to play the recorded file prior to it completely being recorded. More after question 4)
1. If I use this setup, will I be able to press record on the HTPCs and have the live TV recorded onto the "server PC" hard drives?
Its generally best to record to the local drive... if one of your htpcs is doing the recording it should record to the htpc drive and then move it later to the server. It is possible to map drives and/or use iscsi to record directly to the server but many have problems with this approach
2. Will those recordings be accessible on both of the HTPCs, or only the one that "initiated" the recording?
currently most of fios is copy freely so any of those recordings can be viewed on other pcs, but I keep hearing of more and more becoming copy once which will be protected. Someone recently said AMC and others in addition to the premiums like HBO, what I don't know if this was because AMC often uses CGMS and verizon isn't setting the CCI flag properly to override it, or if cci is actually at copy once.... It may vary by market.
3. Will my X-Box be able to play all live TV recordings?
as extenders they have access to all recordings and live tv. Can only be paired to one media center pc at a time but each media center pc can watch any folders that others record to and include them in its library (provided there isn't any copy protection)
4. Do the tuners have to be "married" to one particular HTPC?
You can set up the tuner as network tuners and assign two tuners to the server, and one to each htpc if you really need live tv at each htpc and want to be able to press the record button at each htpc... generally for doing what you want, extenders are best for the viewing locations not htpcs. I believe with SD's HomeRun Prime you can configure it as a pool of tuners on each computer but I have heard people having lots of problems with losing tuners when you do this.
5. I've heard a little about MCEBuddy
; does anyone use this program, will it allow me to convert TV recorded from FIOS to other "un-proprietary" formats?
should work as long as the content is copy freely