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Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-22-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 301
Posted By MKANET
I mentioned "a significant" difference". :) Of...

I mentioned "a significant" difference". :) Of course, there's a subtle difference; but, it's perceptually more closer to the difference between a two identical displays (one displaying video with a...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-21-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 301
Posted By MKANET
Use an optical viewing distance calculator...

Not very many people realize this before buying smaller UHD displays.. but, on a 55" UHD display, for example, you'd have to sit 3.4 feet or 40.83" for you to even be able to take advantage of the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-21-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 604
Posted By MKANET
I'll update my signature. I think it will make...

I'll update my signature. I think it will make you feel better to know, that my custom On Demand solution under SageTV worked fine, but was still IMO a bit clunky. I had to use another small LCD...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-21-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 604
Posted By MKANET
Thumbs up +1 another happy migrant from SageTV to Comcast X1

dcard, my upgrade path and experience is very similar to yours. A little while back, I decided to think outside the box for a TV/Movie solution for our family (focused core usefulness and...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   12-19-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 1,804
Views: 223,637
Posted By MKANET
You should swap out the box giving you trouble. ...

You should swap out the box giving you trouble. That's really the only way to know for certain it's a malfunctioning box or not.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-02-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 396
Posted By MKANET
I've personally used Dell's accidental damage...

I've personally used Dell's accidental damage warranty more than once in the past for my laptops (and an old desktop). They come to my home; and, service the PC with no hassle. I can't put a value...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-02-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 396
Posted By MKANET
Win7 doesnt have hyperv.

Win7 doesnt have hyperv.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-02-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 396
Posted By MKANET
The below system looks pretty close to what I...

The below system looks pretty close to what I want ($1999 from Dell); except it would still need to buy another 3TB disk; and, format as RAID1 for data storage. Not sure if the CPU included is the K...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-02-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 396
Posted By MKANET
The i3-4360 looks like it makes sense. It looks...

The i3-4360 looks like it makes sense. It looks like for an addition $160, the "Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz" has over double the PassMark performance 11288.

If I get a Desktop PC, it might as...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-01-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 396
Posted By MKANET
tdallen; and, all thanks for the quick replies. ...

tdallen; and, all thanks for the quick replies. I'm trying to get a better idea of what kind of real-world transcoding performance to expect with whatever solution I choose. Can someone please...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-01-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 466
Posted By MKANET
I dont need my HDHomeRun Prime anymore; still in...

I dont need my HDHomeRun Prime anymore; still in new condition. Honestly, I've not been terribly impressed by PC cablecard tuners; considering it can't record any of the premium movie channels I...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-01-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 396
Posted By MKANET
Question Looking for a dependable prebuilt "appliance" dedicated for Plex 1080p transcoding

Currently, I'm using my 8 year old HTPC Intel Quadcore 2.4Ghz, 8GB RAM (Win7), to transcode 1080p mkvs (which still isn't fast enough for certain tasks). I'm looking to offload PMS onto a much more...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   11-15-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 1,804
Views: 223,637
Posted By MKANET
Thumbs up Very Happy: New X1DVR + Roku 3 (with Netflix/Pandora) + Logitech Harmony 650

It's not often people will be motivated to post on here (and the Comcast forums) unless their pissed off or have issues. Well, I'd like to post something quite the contrary...

It's been a couple...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   10-31-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 1,804
Views: 223,637
Posted By MKANET
This is probably wishful thinking; but, does...

This is probably wishful thinking; but, does anyone know when/if Comcast will allow users to access their own media files on their LAN. This would avoid having to flip-flop between two different TV...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-25-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,280
Posted By MKANET
How soon could this realistically affect all...

How soon could this realistically affect all Comcast customers who use cablecard tuners for their HTPCs? My guess is Comcast will keep their systems backwards compatible for existing cablecard...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-26-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 276
Posted By MKANET
Question Any new standalone STB's enhanced for kids (like Netflix Kids, etc)

Are there any new media playback STBs which have themes/menus/streaming content specifically for kids; maybe, something with a Disney theme?
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   06-26-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 220
Posted By MKANET
Question Any media players with content focus for children (preferably with cableCARD support)

I like the new Kids area on Netflix (when I tried it with a desktop web browser).

I thought it would be nice if there was an media playback STB/dongle (attached to TV) that has...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-28-2014, 06:21 AM
Replies: 273
Views: 15,536
Posted By MKANET
I've though several different music services in...

I've though several different music services in the last 15 years. I have no idea which mp3 transcoded from which service. The same songs are available on all the music services though (with...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-27-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 273
Views: 15,536
Posted By MKANET
I switched to "Xbox Music" (formerly Zune Music)...

I switched to "Xbox Music" (formerly Zune Music) a couple of years ago; although, I don't even use my Xbox. This was the only way I could afford to purchase/download all the songs my family and I...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-05-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 1,445
Views: 86,104
Posted By MKANET
I just tried Media Browser 3. The first issue I...

I just tried Media Browser 3. The first issue I noticed while playing songs was it wouldn't continue to play in the background while navigating through other parts of MB3 client. At least on...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-05-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 1,445
Views: 86,104
Posted By MKANET
How good is Media Browser 3's video streaming...

How good is Media Browser 3's video streaming compared to PLEX? No matter how pretty a Media Center app is, its still only as good as the video transcoder is (how good the experience actually is...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-05-2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 273
Views: 15,536
Posted By MKANET
The first time I tried to use itunes, I just...

The first time I tried to use itunes, I just plugged my friends ipod into my PC ...within less than 3 minutes, itunes managed to erase my entire collection of over 10000 mp3's (which took me years...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-03-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 273
Views: 15,536
Posted By MKANET
ROTFL!!  HAHAHA  @Mfusick, I don't know if you...

ROTFL!!  HAHAHA  @Mfusick, I don't know if you intended it this way; but, I must say, the below quote is one of the funniest things I've heard someone say about a software they're dissatisfied...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-28-2013, 06:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 663
Posted By MKANET
I would like to replace my old Anycom USB-250...

I would like to replace my old Anycom USB-250 bluetooth 2.0 adapter (class 1) with whatever bluetooth dongle that is known for it's range; preferably with an external antenna that actually might...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-13-2013, 09:23 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 5,339
Posted By MKANET
My latest wireless custom keyboard+mouse combo. ...

My latest wireless custom keyboard+mouse combo.  It uses new backlit Ducky Shine III Tenkeyless MX Cherry Brown switch keyboard (converted to wireless) with my Logitech mouse.  Now that it's...
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