Originally Posted by mjh
What was the approx hardware cost of your setup? What kind of hw requirements does your setup need to successful?
Not counting the antenna and coax, dirt cheap.
The TV tuner cards were $20/shipped/used on ebay. I bought three of them.
I bought a used computer for the TV frontend so we could watch live tv with it, and use as a tradition DVR so we could watch shows live or as live, etc. $70/shipped/used on ebay
I bought a video card with HW acceleration for HD (GeForce/Nvidia Gt430) - has svideo output since we are still in SD, but it will also output to DVI (and there are some of the exact same card that output to HDMI) - $30/shipped/used
For the TV backend I have a separate computer, but you don't have to - I already had one and was convenient.
I bought a 2TB HD before the market fell apart to store all my goodies - $65 back then.
I bought an infrared keyboard to use with the frontend computer from the couch - also makes watching videos on websites much easier - $30/used/ebay.
Bought a learning remote and learned the infrared keys to control the tv instead of whipping out the keyboard - YMMV on price on that.
That was the whole magilla. Within three months I had paid for all that computer equipment plus my TV antenna setup with coax, amp/splitter, lightening arrestor, etc.