Originally Posted by bradengelmann
Thanks for posting the reply. And you completely answered my question, to boot.
I think there is an argument that it is cheaper to simply buy individual DVRs and VCRs and such media boxes for each TV setup rather than run all this cable all over the place. How is anybody guaranteeing that today's cables will serve tomorrow's content? Even if they do, is it cost effective to buy hundreds of feet of component (good stuff) and HDMI cabling? I doubt it is. A consumer grade media box is the DVR. The Cat6 will serve media from a computer, which is what I am talking about. Basically, IPTV. I would think any Cat6 cable to any localized TV setup would be perfectly capable of accepting served content over the Ethernet from a computer (media server, eventually).
But as far as accessing content from a single DVR, I think that's absurd. For one thing, is everybody going to watch the same channel? How do I control the VCR? The DVD player? I am going to have to run downstairs to put in the DVD anyhow.
I'm not sure I see the benefits of what you are talking about. While I don't have any doubt that there will be some benefit to having all those cables running around, at this point I definitely don't see the cost-benefit advantage.
All I want to do is make sure the coax can run today's satellite feeds to our local setups and the Cat6 for future content distribution. I argue that future content will be served over the Internet and every TV will have an Ethernet jack on it to accept content feeds. Why then the need for all this extra cable? So one hub can direct all audio and video? That sounds very complicated and unnecessary to me.
I think local setups is a much better route. Not only is it easier to configure in the short run, over the long run I don't have to worry about obsolete cables. And obviously the methods of distributing content will change over time. I think Cat6 will be perfectly adequate to accept content for the very foreseeable future (a Cat6 cable to every local setup).
If this sounds crazy, please by all means shoot me down. I am only trying to figure out what best to do.
Thanks for all your help.
Here is my vision of what I want and my vision of how your setup would not deliver what I want:First, the cost "issues".
I only need one, maybe two, DVR's for my satellite feed. Why maybe 2? Because each each DVR can only record two shows at a time, and sometimes there is a third or even a fourth show that we would like to record. There is a monthly charge for each unit, plus the cost of the unit. Cabling costs are not insignificant, but as I understand it, the major cost in a retrofit situation (like mine) is labor. In new construction, or if you are a DIY'er, cost analysis is highly in favor of cabling vs. buying equipment for each TV location. Besides, with your plan to have cable/satellite feed available at each TV, you have to run your cable/satellite feed to each TV location anyway.
I only need one Bluray and/or HD DVD player for everything. Perhaps 2 if there would be much of a chance of people wanting to watch 2 different DVD's at the same time in the house (there isn't in my case, TV yes, DVD's not likely). You, on the other hand, either need to have a separate HD DVD/Bluray player at each
TV location, or you just have to designate your TV locations where DVD watching is available (see convenience issues, below).Second, the convenience issues.This
is the biggie for me. I want to watch what I want where I want, no matter where it is recorded. And I have to be able to control the source no matter where it is, no matter where I am. So I need to both run cabling to get the HD video and audio information from any source to every TV in the house, and
I need to run control cables back to the source (usually IR) from every TV to be able to control my viewing. On the other hand, you can only watch what is recorded or available at each TV location.
Also, beyond TV and DVD's there are things like streaming home video, CD collections (whole house audio from, perhaps, a big CD changer (or a computer of course)), and family digital (still) pictures that I want to be available to anybody anyplace in the house. In a nutshell, I want anybody anyplace with control.
Your system does have one advantage, sort of. You can just have your remotes in the room where your equipment is. I have only looked at this superficially, but I think I will need some sort of programmable expen$ive remote at each location. Oh yes, lest I forget, whatever the remote solution is, it has to be useable for my wife, who apparently like many wives, is "remote challenged". So there is a HUGE WAF factor with all of this. No way would she be happy with having to decide where she would need to go to set up the recording and subsequent viewing of something.
Now I could be way out in the fog here, and if so, I'm sure all our helpful experts will set me straight. That and/or add other benefits I overlooked