Originally Posted by slowbiscuit
But with 6 tuners, does this really matter except for the hardcore? I would wager, not much.
I guess it depends on how we define "hardcore" in this sort of application. I don't really see someone having several things recording, someone watching something on the main system, and some extenders watching live TV all at the same time as being an entirely unusual usage pattern, or for someone to just have a bunch of things recording at the same time. In either scenario, it wouldn't be too difficult to need more than 6 tuners to service all those needs. Once in a while, I run into a situation where I have more than 6 tuners recording at the same time (I have a pair of InfiniTV 4's). When this happens it's usually overlap where some shows are ending and other shows are starting (and there's usually a hockey game in the mix that I almost always start watching delayed by about an hour so I can skip over the intermissions and pretty much end on time).
To a certain degree, it all depends on who Ceton wants to sell the Q to. Do they just want to be just a cable company / Tivo alternative (if so, 6 tuners is probably plenty)? Do they want to be a custom built HTPC alternative? Do they want to sell lots of Echo extenders (if so, more tuners makes more Echos more usable)? Assuming the hardware they're using is up to the task of handling more than 6 tuners, it ought to be trivial to add support for the InfiniTV 4 USB, which would give the user the ability to add 4 more tuners by plugging the device into a USB port, giving a total of (obviously) 10 tuners. That obviously wouldn't satisfy those who want to use OTA tuners, HD PVR's, etc. (which one could argue is more of a "hardcore" request), but it might be a solution that satisfies a big enough percentage of potential buyers to do the trick.