Hi, I'm new and confused by all this stuff, so please forgive the dumb/noob questions.
I currently have a simple set top satellite receiver, that just died, we also have an old WDTV media player.
As the STB needs replacing, I would like to take the opportunity to build a HTPC that incorporates a satellite receiver. Cost and power consumption are concerns. I have read a lot of forum posts that discuss this stuff, but I am struggling to find a good, simple, inexpensive solution that will allow us some flexibility in the future.
My (2) kids also have PC's in their bedrooms, and will will be installing gigabit ethernet through the house, so I'd also like them to be able to access the HTPC so they can play movies and music.
So, some specific questions/concerns:
Is it feasible to do the above on a reasonable (small) budget
What Satellite receiver card(s) would you recommend I consider
Can we do away with a remote control,and use tablets/netbooks for remote control
What spec (CPU/RAM...) system would work well for this
If we add PVR, we would like to be able to record terrestrial & satellite. Is this a case of adding another receiver card (can you get Sat & Terr combined receiver cards)
Any other tips, pointer, advice would be VERY welcome.
I have a preference for Linux, I guess that may alter what receiver cards would be suitable.