This is s bit of a mix of questions across, distribution, HTPC, Mobile & Remote - not sure where to post, so thought I'd try here.
Please bear with me as I try to describe my current set-up and what I want to be able to do.
Currently I have a WHS 2011 machine w/ about 4TB of storage (Films, TV Shows, Music, computer backups, ....)
Living Room : PC running W7MC and Media Browser (w/ TV tuner)
Media Room : PC running W7MC and Media Browser (w/o TV tuner)
Bedroom : Astone MP310DT (w/ TV Tuner)
Dining room : Old Roku Soundbridge music only streamer
So I can basically watch Live TV in the living room and bedroom and am able to stream Videos from the server to all locations.
What I want to be able to do is :
1 – Use iPhone (mine) and Android phone (wifes) to select music and play from HTPC (w/o need for TV to be on) to amp in Living room and Media room (ie headless operation of some kind) – great if same app/interface for both OS and can leverage metadata (cover art, ...)
2 – Stream movies / videos to an Android Tablet (HP Touchpad running ICS) – again, great if I can browse w/ a Media Browser / XBMC type interface leveraging metadata / artwork
3 – Stream music to an Android Tablet and can leverage metadata (cover art, ...)
4 – Play content from a tablet / phone on one of the TVs via the PC (AirPlay)?
5 – Use the phones / Tablet to select what to watch on the TVs (ie from the Media Browser Library)
6 - Use App to stream music to Roku Soundbrige and can leverage metadata (cover art, ...)
Now I know there are a multitude of individual solutions / apps out there which can allow me to achieve all of the above (AirPlay, vmcMote, XBMC, ....) but I'm looking for suggestions on how it can be done with the fewest # of different apps / pieces of software.
For now, I think I need to keep WMC & Media Browser on the PC In the Living room as I require TV recording / PVR capabilities. I'm willing to consider putting XBMC on the PC in the Media Room as I do not use that for Live TV and I'm also willing to consider replacing the Astone in the bedroom w/ AppleTV if that simplifies (as I don't really use that for live TV either).
Here's some of the stuff I've pulled together as part of the research :
iOS - vmcMote : http://vmcmote.blogspot.com.au/search/label/screenshots
Android : Unified Remote : http://www.unifiedremote.com/tutorial
Remote Media Center (Android) : https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...toclient&hl=en
Remote Potato (WMC Remote):http://thedigitalmediazone.com/2011/...ipad-apple-tv/http://www.remotepotato.com/mobile-intro.aspxhttp://www.mediasmartserver.net/2011...remote-potato/
XBMC Android Remote App : http://xbmc.org/freezy3k/2010/07/13/...e-for-android/
XBMC Constellation - Controller for iPhone / iPad : http://fss.cc/constellation/
Installing XBMC on Apple TV 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7DUByAlaEo
Catch-up TV (AU) http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title...n_Repositories
Official Android Remote : https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...e=related_apps
XBMC on Apple TV : http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1308979
DLNA on Windows 7 :http://androidforums.com/captivate-t...ndows-7-a.html
AirPlay Add-in for WMC : http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/2011/05/...nter-released/http://evolver.fm/2012/02/09/top-7-a...apple-airplay/http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2012/03...sal-media-hub/
Android remote for MB :http://community.mediabrowser.tv/per...control-for-mbhttp://community.mediabrowser.tv/top...first_responsehttp://community.mediabrowser.tv/per...android-remote
Twonky for iOS & Android : http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2012/03...sal-media-hub/
iMediaShare : http://www.imediashare.tv/
IOS App : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imedi...302026401?mt=8
Android App : https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.bianor.ams
Plex Media Server
Android : http://elan.plexapp.com/2011/02/16/plex-for-android/
Remote MC :
Android : https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ctic.remote.mc
iOS : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/remot...473901138?mt=8http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/detail/ind...sCategory/2296
Firefly & Rokuhttp://soundbridge.roku.com/support/dwnld_firefly.php