Expanding home video distribution w/ HTPC
Hey everyone... I'm not sure if this should go here, but it does involve my HTPC, so I thought I'd start here.
We're getting ready to buy a new TV and move our current screen upstairs into another viewing area. We're Verizon FiOS customers, and currently have their base internet and one HD DVR. Moving this TV upstairs is going to require supplying it with cable service, somehow. From what I can tell, I've got a few options...
My HTPC runs Win7. House is wired with CAT5e and everything is hooked up to a gigabit switch. There is an ethernet port where the TV will be hung on the wall upstairs. I have a HDHomerun network tuner, but it's not a prime, so it doesn't do cable. From what I was told, I would have to have at least one HD FiOS box in order to get a cable card, and the cable card wouldn't be much cheaper than a second box.
I think it'd be fun to do a HDHomerun Prime/Xbox360 combo to supply cable to the tv upstairs, but I'm not sure it's worth it for only having two tvs. Plus, I think at that point, I'd like to use the HTPC as the only TV source for the main set downstairs. At that point, there would be an unused HD DVR sitting around, that apparently, I have to have in order to get the cable card.
Paradigm Mini Monitors, CC-370 & Atoms (all v.3)
Win7 HTPC, PS3, FiOS Cable