Originally Posted by mdavej
1) An extender solves that.
2) If you used WMC rather than Sage you could record everything, including HBO
3) With WMC, you can make your PC work exactly like a cable DVR. My wife still thinks we have DirecTV, that's how seamless mine is.
Food for thought.
1) You're right. Except SageTV extenders are only available used, and seeing as how you're pushing WMC, my understanding is that the only 'extender' is an xbox. However, I could keep the existing HTPC in the living room, effectively giving me 2 clients, which ends up being the same as your suggestion. I'm building a new one this week with all new parts--- purposely because I want to minimize any downtime which would affect the WAF.
2) I'm no expert on WMC, but from what I do understand....Yes, an no. In order to watch HBO, the local HTPC would need to be the one doing the tuning/recording. That's fine-- I guess. However, then the difficulty becomes how do I watch recordings in other parts of the house. Its either a bunch of individual HTPCs that record their own stuff and compete for the HDHR, or buy a bunch of xbox360s or xboxones.
3) The DVR functionality of SageTV is excellent. Its been a while since I've played with WMC, but my wife is much happier with Sage than the cable box, which is amazing considering how she cursed it for years.
The bottom line, is that WMC is flashy and good at what it does, but limits expandability, and options--- such as recording to a central server. Maybe I'm wrong, and if so, I'd like to learn more-- because SageTV, is a dead end product. It hasn't been updated since they were bought out in 2010. I guess the same might be said for WMC too though.