I thought I had it all worked out, was rather happy about the path forward, but in the wee hours of the morning I woke up and realized this may not work.
I first considered building an HTPC, then learned of Xbox and Extenders. Then I considered building a media server, but my main PC is a powerhouse that is used mostly for email, web surfing and photography post-processing, so I beefed it up with an additional 10TB of storage and an AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet, and the excellent information compiled by Assassin. With an Xbox 360 in the bedroom HT, recorded tv and playing MKV's works perfectly. For the main theater the plan was to kick it up a notch and build a HTPC with the media server still performing its recording and sharing duties. However, I can't figure out whether this will work, whether the HTPC can use the tuners in the media server just as the Xbox does. I realize I can share and access recorded TV from the HTPC but not sure about live tv, and in particular a centrally located server for recordings so that they can be accessed regardless of display. I've scrutinized every setting in WMC and done a good bit of searching, I'm still not clear. Maybe I just need a separate networked tuner and configure recorded tv to a network share?
Thanks in advance for any clarity you might provide. My guess is I'm over-thinking it.