I like to build a PVR system in my living room which will record the OTA TV programs from a TV program guide with remote control.
-Remote friendly (with a cheap remote)
-Able to watch live TV with pause/rewind/etc
-Able to easily record TV series or movies from the TV tuner
-Watch one channel while recording another channel
-Fast, responsive, and attractive menus and TV guide
-1080i or 720P
-Use little power
Do I need an additional ATSC OTA tuner?
Which hardwares should I get?
I wonder whether ZOTAC Mini-PC and HDHomeRun Digital Tuners are good choices for me.
Please suggest alternatives.
Do anyone use them with the latest Mythbuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin (with MythTV .25) ?
Surely you'd be selecting a dual-core CPU rather than trying to repurpose some ol' single-core PC lying around the house! Personally I use my browser to watch Youtube videos using my wireless keyboard to interact with the search bar.
Plan on spending around $500 to do anything although if you're one for MythTV and all it entails then you could save on purchasing an OS for sure! Any of these PCs can run other OS. The ZOTAC is a decent unit although when you read you'll find folks shy away from these SFF units because they are more of a novelty than function. Foxconn recently released SFF i3, i5 & i7-based units (AT-7xxx) in the $350-500 range but there are many guides/suggestions on building your own system from AMD's A6-3500 APU, Intel i3 in various ITX or mATX mobos. Basically any dual-core system with a $20 video card can do HTPC stuff. Whether you want it hidden away or out on display will influence your decision.