Originally Posted by roadking00
Ok cool, so my plan for the next 12 months at least is to stick with TWC basic ,get a cable card from them and check it out...so it sounds like there isn't 1 specific tuner that covers both OTA and Cable then ? Looks like I will keep an eye on the Centon 6turner for upcoming sales then...after that all I would need is an extender for each TV,connected to a network switch then HDMI out to whichever TV or AVR from the extender then right ?
And the main advantage of multiple tuners is the ability to record/view that many shows at the same time right ? 3 turner I'll be able to record 2 shows and at the same time watch a live or recorded program on any or all of the TV's while the other 2 are recording right ?
And one more thought, if the HTPC is sitting next to my AVR in the closet for my family room TV is it necessary to have a extender or can I come right out of the HDMI from the PC straight to the AVR, and of course would have a network cable to it as well....
Correct, the number of tuners determines the number of simultaneous programs that can be viewed/recorded.
WMC uses dynamic tuner assignment, which is pretty complex.
Let's say you are watching something on ch 2. And your wife, in another room decides to watch ch 2 as well. WMC will only use 1 tuner, the same one you have been watching. Also, your wife will be able to rewind to up to 40 minutes back, before she joined, if you have been watching for at least 40 minutes.
40 minutes is the default live TV buffer. IF you pause live TV, for longer than 40 minutes, it will self un-pause once the buffer is full.
However, unlike TiVO, switching between 2 channels loses the buffer. The only way to preserve it, is to record both.
You can connect 1 AVR/TV to the HTPC directly, and additional TV's/AVR's will connect through the extenders on the network.
On the TV connected to the HTPC, you can watch recorded, or buffered live TV at 1.5x with the voice shifted to sound normal, not chip and dale like.
When fast forwarding recorded or buffered live TV pressing play button will back off the FF to a few seconds before you pressed play button. i.e. it takes into account the reaction time of an average human, and tries to resume playback from the spot that your eyes saw, but fingers were delayed in pressing play button.