Originally Posted by savan12986
My provider is Charter they had some digital channels before that I could get fine (un-encrypted/unprotected) but since the full digital switch I only got 2 channels one telling me that they switched to digital and one that was a home shopping channel that only showed up in 1/4 of the screen.
Im not sure if this effects any considerations, but when I got the cable card from them they also gave me a 2ndary box its a Motorola MTR700. Im not sure of what its functionality is but they told me I had to put it before the tuner and plug the usb in to the computer. I have heard that there is a beta driver for WMC to be used with Chromecast, so I would imagine anything I can use with WMC should be streamable. I've also heard that I can get a wireless remote as opposed to an IR one so I wont need line of sight to change channels as my computer is only in one room and my TV's are all over.
Barring that, I guess some cheap ebay 360's would be my best option, if a little less convienient
I have Charter, a Moto tuning adapter like yours, cable card, WMC and a house full of extenders (currently Echo, formerly Xboxes). My system works beautifully and has been for the past couple of years. I get all channels I subscribe to and full DVR functionality on every TV in my house and pay only for my programming package ($65) and cable card ($2).
In my market, little or none of my channels are copy protected, so XBMC could be made to work. But I find it far more complicated to set up and maintain than simple WMC extenders like Xbox. And I really wouldn't save any money for my trouble. Xboxes are far from inconvenient and are literally plug and play. I felt like I needed a PhD in computer science to get XBMC working on my Raspberry Pi. Add the WMC back end to the mix and you've got quite a science experiment on your hands.
Chromecast will not work as an extender, although I wish it would. I would be very interested in this beta WMC driver, if you can find a link. I personally don't see how it would work since the ChromeCast only works with Netflix, Youtube and things running in a Chrome browser, none of which are WMC
As for your remote, you don't control your PC from another room. You control the extender in that room. Each will have its own IR remote. So RF is unnecessary (unless your primary TV and HTPC are in different rooms).
And as for that MTR700, you must plug that in, or you will get very few channels, and you never know which ones will work and which ones won't.