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OTA DVR / PVR system with remote control in living room

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
My HDTV has an ATSC OTA tuner which receives TV signals from an OTA antenna.
I like to build a PVR system in my living room which will record the OTA TV programs from a TV program guide with remote control.

Requirement:
-Wife friendly
-Remote friendly (with a cheap remote)
-Able to watch live TV with pause/rewind/etc
-Able to easily record TV series or movies from the TV tuner
-Watch one channel while recording another channel
-Fast, responsive, and attractive menus and TV guide
-1080i or 720P
-Quiet
-Use little power

Do I need an additional ATSC OTA tuner?
Which hardwares should I get?
I wonder whether ZOTAC Mini-PC and HDHomeRun Digital Tuners are good choices for me.
Please suggest alternatives.
Do anyone use them with the latest Mythbuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin (with MythTV .25) ?
Edited by albertkao - 4/2/13 at 6:19pm
post #2 of 5
You will need an OTA tuner for the HTPC. I built an HTPC to use primarily as a DVR or PVR. I use WMC7 which has an EPG similar to a cable or satellite DVR, but you will need an Internet connection to get the guide. I built mine pretty cheap & it works great. It records 1080i or 720p whichever is being broadcast. I use a $15 WMC7 remote which again works great. I can record 4 channels while watching one of them or a previously recorded program. I can watch live & pause, etc. The PSU has fan but I think it's pretty quiet. Take a look at this thread for some cheap builds:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1404685/cheapest-ever-htpc-thats-decent-proud-of-myself
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
I have an additional requirement:
Watching internet video such as Youtube.
How does it affect me (besides getting a powerful dual core CPU, with hyper-threading)?
post #4 of 5

Surely you'd be selecting a dual-core CPU rather than trying to repurpose some ol' single-core PC lying around the house!  Personally I use my browser to watch Youtube videos using my wireless keyboard to interact with the search bar.

 

Plan on spending around $500 to do anything although if you're one for MythTV and all it entails then you could save on purchasing an OS for sure!  Any of these PCs can run other OS.  The ZOTAC is a decent unit although when you read you'll find folks shy away from these SFF units because they are more of a novelty than function.  Foxconn recently released SFF i3, i5 & i7-based units (AT-7xxx) in the $350-500 range but there are many guides/suggestions on building your own system from AMD's A6-3500 APU, Intel i3 in various ITX or mATX mobos.  Basically any dual-core system with a $20 video card can do HTPC stuff.  Whether you want it hidden away or out on display will influence your decision.

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Thread Starter 
Is the latest Mythbuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin (with MythTV .25) easy to use (wife friendly)?
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