We are continuing to contemplate cutting the cord when our current DirecTV plan expires so I'm in the mode of thinking through my HTPC options and wanted any experienced input I could get from you folks.
My current setup is a Samsung LN-T4053H TV, Panasonic DMR-EZ27 DVD Recorder and a Sony VGC-RB53 XP PC. Currently, we use the PC to occasionally surf the web or to watch a missed show from the network's website.
In planning for the future, I'd like to have a way to record the subchannels via antenna. (If we cut the cord, we'd also use this as our main DVR, or, if we stay with D*, as a bad weather backup to satellite.) Ideally, I'd also like to rip some DVD sets of TV shows.
I recently came into possession of an HP Pavilion a6130n. It came to me with restore software but no hard drive or DVD burner. I've never owned a Vista computer (or Win7 for that matter), so I'm wondering if the HP would be a better unit to make into an off-air recording HTPC or if the Sony is sufficient. (I also have a couple of HP towers that came with XP Media Center Edition that are candidates for refurbishing and use for this set of tasks.) I have very limited Linux experience but have done a bit of Mythbuntu research.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts. Since my needs aren't incredibly high octane, I don't want to go overboard but, with several seemingly viable options to put into service, I don't want to go for the bare minimum if I can help it.
Edited by SVTarHeel - 7/17/12 at 2:24am