Originally Posted by TalkinCat
Mind going into details about this? I'm thinking of building a fairly high-powered system to use as a SageTV/Upconverting DVD/HD-DVD/H.264 streaming box. If it's not going to work, knowing that up front could prove helpful
Adding some hauppauge SD cable cards to the SageTV would get you HD + ReplayTV pretty quickly.
the problem for me was setting the bar too high.
Example in XBMC I can stream my xvid compressed (via AutoGK) favorite movies from my ReadyNAS or my VOBs, or my whole ISO images for that matter, and without interrupting playback I can enable/disable subtitles, or jump to the director's comments track, and back to DTS/DD 5.1 without skipping a beat, and with a nicew OSD.
Try that with SageTV streaming Xvid, or Mediaportal, or TheatreTek, or Nero Showtime, or whatever player you want, and you'll quickly find yourself into a world of filter graphs, and directshow, directsound esoterica so deep and filled with conflicting info your head will spoin. All the while you must keep an I on CPU so that your HD recordings don;t get the herky jerks because you were watching 'Space Balls' while it was recording.
DTS / DD5.1 passthrough can be another problem on some systems (wasn't on mine). But all that crap just works right out of the box with XBMC, along with thyumbnails, wheather, rss feeds, cool visualizations, quicktime movie trailers. etc...
You have to set all that up with some of the other apps.