Originally Posted by Viperlx
Hi All, I am looking to sign up with Verizon Fios and I want to build a HTPC to go along with it. I have two concerns, will I have any lag or interruption in the picture when I watch a live feed while having a program record in the background? Also, This will be setup to one tv, do I need a quad tuner or something like that?
The logic is very simple, the number of tuners will determine how many channels you can record/view at the same time. If you want to record 1 while watching another, you will need 2 tuners, if you want to record 2 while watching another, you will need 3 tuners, if you want to record 3 while watching another, you will need 4.
You can do a permutation of the above... i.e. record 4 and view previsourly recorded content.
Verizon FiOS does provide CableCards at $3.99/month that are cabapble of decrypting 6 streams at once.
The lag or interruptions will mostly be determined by the hardware you choose for the machine. Go cheap, and you will pay for it. Go overboard on your hardware, and you are just paying for something you don't need. The trick is to find the perfect balance of cost vs. benefit. That is something you will have to determine, since you know what TV you have, and whether you will be connecting it to the sound system...