Originally Posted by pittsoccer33
I'd try raising the IR issue to Microsoft. Given that those are really new boxes (that aren't even available everywhere yet) they likely haven't added them to their database. There used to be a handy submission form on their WMC sub-site, but I can't find it.
The X1 Platform is basically their answer to a whole home Windows Media Center + Extender, Hopper + Joey, Genie + Mini, Tivo + Mini environment. It is a DVR (tI think I remember reading that it runs Tivo software) along with on demand, some streaming apps, some social networking, sports scores, basically a lot of the features originally unique to HTPC.
It looks really cool and if you like the functionality of it that's all good too, but it sounds like you're still partial to Windows Media Center for at least your 360 extenders. Using a cable card is an extremely easy way to manipulate live tv and recordings. Plus the quality will be much better than the S-video + RCA. I can't imagine any reason you couldn't use a cable card, though you would lose the cool X1 interfaces.
Are you familiar with ethernet based tuners? There are a few cablecard tuners available that sit on your network (meaning they are not attached to a PC directly) and can be accessed by any of your WMC computers, and therefore also your 360 extenders. That would allow you to cut out/replace the X1 box(es) and tune the channels inside WMC directly.
If you are running Windows 7 your PC supports using any cable card tuner. If you still have Vista on some of those boxes it might not, but those are all high end specialty HTPCs that should have the requisite bios to use them. I bought a Niveus Vail off eBay at a great price. I was able to use my extra copy of Vista Ultimate on it along with a cable card tuner for my dad.
And regarding LifeWare, I was just curious if you had any of their home automation stuff and their specialty control apps.
Yep, good points in here. X1 from Comcast Xfinity does try and bring Comcast's DVR offerings up to par, and for the most part, it is a very good improvement(I've had it for about 1 month now). I have both the Pace XG1+ Pace RNG 150N(basically, the XG1 without the internal HDD). The idea is that using MoCA(multi-media over coaxil), the RNG 150N can access recorded TV on an XG1 on the same MoCA network(like Windows Media Center + Extender over ethernet or Wifi). Despite the improvements, I'm a rock-solid fan of Windows 7 and 8 Media Center + Xbox 360 Extenders. Apart from my DVR duties, Windows Media Center also powers my movie setup using MyMovies
and ArcSoft Total Media Theater
, which are both excellent. I like the power of having the flexibility of Windows Media Center for doing all sorts of fancy things you cannot due in a more closed environment such as Comcast Xfinity X1(TV) + Kaleidescape(Movies). With that said, I don't really use many of Comcast X1's features for now.
Now, what I did learn more about is what Comcast runs on their Pace XG1 set top box. Check out this link on the software architecture for Comcast's XG1
. It's a custom HTML5 software architecture (feels like HTML5, so I'm not surprised) called Tru2Way
. Other cable operators, such as GCI
employ the Pace XG1 with Tivo software onboard. So, looks like I shouldn't bother with trying Tivo IR codes.
Thanks for the info on the cablecard ethernet-based tuners. I had no idea. Actually, thinking about it more, the Pace XG1 actually has 6 internal cablecard tuners, so it is in essence an ethernet-based cablecard set top box . For now, though, I'd rather get my Pace XG1 and Pace RNG 150N working with IR control.
In addition, right now, I'm sending SDTV from both set top boxes to my TV server simply because with my current 'starter' Comcast Xfinity package, I don't get many (or any) HD channels, so I don't really care to record an HDTV signal for now.
On all my Home Theaters server, I'm either running Win 7 Media Center or Win 8 Media Center. BTW, one of my Niveus servers is a Vail as well. Great server. I run Windows Server 2012 Essentials on it with the MyMovies add-in. It's my MyMovies server and runs well