I've played a little with some media streaming of stored content, but I'm totally new to tuner recording. Specifically, I have no idea what kind of tuner pooling I might need, dynamic, static, or something else entirely.
I have 4 TV's (2 HDTV's and 2 old tube sets) in the house. The 2 old tubes probably won't be upgraded for years. There typically aren't more than 2 being used at a time, but it's entirely possible, say during the holidays with extra family at the house, I could need to have live TV on all 4 without killing the scheduled recordings. I need *at least* two tuners dedicated to recording, but of course the more the merrier.
My thinking so far is a PC with a pair of Ceton's inside... that could give me the ability to stream 4 live channels and still keep 4 tuners free for scheduled recordings. One immediate downside that jumps out is cost... although, I really don't mind an extra $200 if it means I don't have to explain to the wife why my episode of Red Green cancelled her Law & Order ;-)
Aside from the one PC with the Ceton's, what could I use for a "set top box" on each TV? Media Center Extenders? Xbox? Cheap netbook with WMC? These days a basic Xbox can be had for around $150, not too bad considering it's obvious gaming credentials as well. I know I have a netbook or two laying around unused already too if it helps...
I understand Ceton cards needs serious cooling... I've built a few gaming rigs before, so heavy cooling requirements are a piece of cake.
Ceton vs HD Homerun? Either way I think I'm going to need two cards to get the amount of tuners I'm looking for. I'm leaning toward the Cetons for the extra tuners it offers. But then, I hear something about the Homerun doing dynamic pooling... what is that? Am I better off with dynamic pooling vs more static tuners?
Quick ballpark math... 2 Cetons, $320 on Amazon. 3 Xbox's, 300-450 depending if I go used or new. If I can get a basic rig to throw those cards in for <$400, That brings the total around $1100-1200. A big number... But hey, that will pay for itself quick with the money saved in 4 cable boxes plus DVR service monthly. Sure is a heck of a lot more functionality too. Of course, cheaper set top boxes could bring that number down too, I really don't need gaming consoles on every TV if there's a better solution.