I have searched various forums and haven't really gotten perfect answers to my specific questions. I am a Comcast subscriber for internet and television in Macomb, MI. The WAF and K(kid)AF require that we have various cable content such as HBO-HD, TNT-HD, A&E-HD, Nick-HD, OWN, etc. I don't mind paying for content to be delivered to my home, but I am unwilling to pay fee-per-television for the content that I buy.
I have just purchased a SiliconDust HDHomerun Prime, which I would like to share with 6 televisions (never used more than 3 simultaneously) in my home. I have not yet received the HDHRP. Currently, I have 1 Comcast DVR, 2 digital to analog cable boxes, and 3 DTA converters. I just bought a 26-inch LCD TV to replace a 19-inch CRT TV for my kitchen and Comcast wants an extra $10/mo. to get content that I already buy to the new TV. Um, no.
It appears from the research that I've done, that Xbox 360 units are the best way to deliver the cable content to each of the sets in my home. The best price that I've found for Xbox 360 units is $100 used on local craigslist. I would like to return all Comcast equipment and just get an M card from them. Xbox 360 would pay for itself in 10 months, but I don't care about gaming. I think I want a quad-core Ivy-bridge HTPC solution, with 5 - 6 extensions.
I would appreciate recommendations for appropriate equipment. If recommendations for extenders cost more than $100, please provide rationale for why they are superior to the Xbox 360 units that I am considering buying.