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So... sitting here watching NCAA tournament on my projected 136 inch screen and loving it.

Then I started to think how awesome it would be to project all of the games at once. I've got 3 tuners on a WMC PC but don't think I've ever seen a way to project 3 feeds at once.

Surely it's possible. If I can record 3 channels at once, wouldn't it be possible that I could have 3 images projected at once with sound from one of them? The projector shouldn't care, right? It'd just be projecting one image of three separate channels.

Doesn't have to be a WMC solution. I'd gladly build another HTPC just for this functionality.

Is there any way to do this "sports bar" kind of thing?
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Sure is. Check this out:

http://www.hdhomesportsbar.com/

One caveat. You can only watch two shows on one screen if your TV has PIP and can accept two separate inputs for display. Any more than two feeds will require multiple monitors.
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This is cool but requires 4 boxes and 4 monitors.

Does anyone know of a single-screen application that does the same thing?
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You'd need four inputs on the monitor that could display four PIP frames simultaneously. I don't know of any monitors that have this capability, except perhaps some sort of video surveillance monitor. There are some TVs that have a split frame capability that allows you to display two images side by side rather than one large frame with a small PIP frame in the corner. In any case, you'll need four devices that can provide individual outputs. A HTPC can only provide a single output from the graphics card or motherboard, buy can provide multiple outputs if you use extenders .
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Mediaportal 2 (only in Alpha currently) supports PiP, although I am not sure it can manage 3 as have yet to test it myself:

http://www.team-mediaportal.com/news/mediaportal-20-alpha-released

But, any copy protected content (cable) won't be supported.
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What tuners are they? If they're HDhomeruns, you can open multiple copies of their Quicktv program to get multiple screens at once.
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What tuners are they? If they're HDhomeruns, you can open multiple copies of their Quicktv program to get multiple screens at once.

Yeah it's an HDHR Prime - 3 tuners.

I was hoping there would be a software way to "combine" all 3 feeds onto the the same single output to the Epson projector. IF the hard drive can record 3 tuners at once, wouldn't it be possible to play them back within a single output at the same time too? The PC can deal with the feeds ok.

I'll look into Quick TV - I hadn't heard about that.
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What you are looking for is 'video tiling'.
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