Originally Posted by gaidin43
So with the codec issue and netflix/Hulu capabilities being needed I would be better off using a bare bones htpc for the bedroom.
Is there an easy way to use the tuner card of the main htpc through the bedroom one to watch live tv or does each htpc need a tuner card.
well now this plan may not work as intended either.
there are tuners that can be shared on the network. the silicon dust products are built for just that purpose. the ceton ones have software that can be used to permanently assign tuners across the network.
there are a few possible issues with this. number one is lack of "guide sharing." if you are using an extender, and you set your htpc to record The Office on Thursdays, the extender will show that in the schedule. A second computer will not know you already scheduled it.
second and probably more important is that depending on your cable provider you may not be able to watch programs that were recorded by your main computer on the other ones. many cable companies encrypt all channels outside of locals as "copy once" meaning you can record it to your computer but you cannot watch it anywhere else or alter it in anyway. no commercial editing, no burning to disc, no watching it on any other computer in the house. what is drm'd in that way changes from provider to provider and even from the same provider in different geographical areas. this is not an issue with an extender.
if those two things don't concern you then a networked tuner could work very well for your situation.
Ceton has an extender coming out this year that has a lot of promise in that we are all hoping it will have more codec support and will have some streaming services built into it.