Originally Posted by Sammy2
I don't think I can record copy once content and most certainly cannot play it back through a Sage extender so it is not the all in one solution. This has been my point all along.
Yes you can, just not via you're preferred method. You just have to use STB and video capture devices vs a cable card. My point was there are solutions out there (correction, "were" solutions out there) other than Windows Media Center, and there "was" a solution that did it all (recorded any channel you received, playable on any PC or extender, and integrated all of your media in a single interface).
But it is a solution
Originally Posted by Sammy2
All solutions have limitations in their current state as indicated above. So if you want three of four streams then you need the cluster of 3 or 4 STB's and 3 or 4 HD-PVR's, each with 5 cables connected between them and then somehow connected to your PC for distribution in the SageTV system. This is hardly an elegant solution without regard to cost.
, which you forget about ever time you come into a thread and post that it isn't, or that it costs too much as if everybody on the forum should have your same priorities of saving every penny possible by not paying for TV provider hardware and putting up with all of WMCs silly limitations and crappy extenders.
To do the same things you can ("could") do with a SageTV system, in a "copy once" world, you need an extender and
a PC at every TV, that's close to $500/TV. And you still have all your media separate from your TV (different devices).
But I digress it doesn't really matter anymore.
Originally Posted by captain_video
You can't record everything with Sage without investing in a lot of extraneous hardware, not to mention the rental/leasing fees for STBs and satellite receivers and the increase you'll see in your electric bill.
First lets just make something very clear, my response to the question is that no, I would not recommend SageTV, could not in good concious recommend it given its no longer for sale or being updated (for end users).
With WMC I rent one cablecard per InfiniTV4 or HDHomeRun Prime. With the current number of cablecard tuners I employ, I'd need eleven HD-PVRs and a corresponding number of STBs or sat receivers for the same capability. I think the pros for WMC vastly outweighs the benefits of using SageTV in this instance. Getting the content distributed throughout your home is another matter entirely.
For TV viewing and playback of recorded TV, a WMC extender will do the job, even though it's not my ideal solution. For media playback, there are any number of media players available at a reasonable cost. I just picked up a refurbished WD Live media player for less than $60 and it works beautifully for playing all of my movies ripped to mkv files and streamed from my server. If the Ceton Echo ever comes down in price, and I suspect it will sometime within the next twelve months or so, then it would make a decent companion to a media player for distributing content in your home. Both devices use very little power when compared to a STB or sat receiver.
It's all really moot, SageTV is not for sale (retail) anymore, I think it's great for SageTV users that SageTV/Google updated their policies so we can buy hardware software to maintain/expand our systems, but like I said, I wouldn't recommend anyone new jump into the SageTV pool.
I guess Google just saw something in SageTV that WMC fanboys