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Hi all,

 

I have been researching the cutting of the cord for a couple weeks now and have some questions I hope can be answered.

 

I live in Venice, Fl and according to tvfool the broadcasting towers are just over 40 miles from my house

 

 

I was looking at antenna's and trying to choose between the Clearstream 4 or the Antennas Direct DB8e but am confused about the VHF part.  Some of the reviews say that these do not receive VHF channels unless the towers are very close (fox and cw channels I believe)  Do I need a separate type antenna to pick the VHF channels or will I not be able to view them?

 

**just saw the ad on the right as I was typing this for the Spectrum8 digital TV antenna.  Is this a better antenna option for my location?**  (reading more it says it only connects to one tv so I guess I can not split it in the attic to feed the other TV's?

 

Another question is about the networking and how it all comes together.

 

I have a Windows 7 Pro computer I plan on installing a 3TB drive in and using it for recording shows with WMC.

 

I have one xbox 360 in my son's room for his basic tv.

 

An Xbox One (no xbmc yet) connected to a smart tv with hulu plus, Netflix, amazon prime etc built in.

 

Another xbox 360 connected to our living room basic tv.

 

My daughters room has a basic tv and a basic blue ray player connected.

 

And my bedroom has a network capable blue ray home theater system that has Netflix, hulu, vudu, etc., connected to a basic tv (no smart features)

 

From reading over web sites the antenna is connected to a splitter that feeds the different rooms (using a booster if necessary).  One coax goes to a device that connects to the windows 7 computer to enable the dvr recording.

 

This leads to my last question (in two parts).

 

First part.  Which device is best suited to use in the computer so I can record shows? I have seen the Hauppage devices and they seem ok review wise.  Are there better options?

 

Second part, What device do I need to then see the recorded shows on the smart tv, my bedroom, and the living room?

 

Or is it one device that does both?

 

The living room will have an xbox 360 connected so we will be able to see recorded content through the xbmc connecting to wmc on the windows 7 computer correct?

 

That leaves the smart tv and my bedroom tv.

 

I appreciate any information and hope I did not post this in the wrong forum.

 

Thanks,

 

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For antennas go here;
http://www.avsforum.com/f/25/hdtv-technical

For computers go here;
http://www.avsforum.com/f/26/home-theater-computers

For the others try here;
http://www.avsforum.com/f/39/networking-media-servers-amp-content-streaming

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All of your loca channels (Ft Myers) broadcast in the UHF range so you dont even need VHF unless you want to try and get some Tampa stations
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The Xbox 360s will work great as extenders regardless of what tuners you use. For the other TVs (those without extenders) you basically have two options. Either add an extender, Windows PC, XBMC or go another route and add a DLNA client at those TVs. You would only be able to view live TV and would need SiliconDust's new tuners as they feature DLNA streaming.

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Thanks for the information everyone.

 

Charles, are you talking the homerun products?  Would I need one for each tv that does not have an xbox connected to it?

 

Thanks again,

 

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Charles, are you talking the homerun products?  Would I need one for each tv that does not have an xbox connected to it?

 

Yeah HDHomeRun dual tuners. The tuners are shared so you need the number equal to concurrent viewing and or recordings.

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