...and I'm not one of them, 'cause my question definitely does not include even one 'giga'
I just scrapped the CRT for a 50" 720p set (great price), D*'s latest HD DVR (main source), and HD-DVD (sometimes source). I have an older but still reasonably capable AVR (5.1, optical, no HDMI). All of this plus decent speakers centrally located in the family room. But that's not the problem. Reading the various AVR forums I now know enough to be reasonably competent, well certainly not dangerous, with all this gear (thank you!).
Problem is the wife wants to know what I've done for her with all this hardware, a reasonable request since she's lumbering along with a 6-year old Dell/W2000 machine in the office. I guess when I (finally) got HD envy, she got PC-envy. Now I'm looking to find a win/win and thought I might get some good advice here...trust me, there IS an alternative distribution question in here somewhere.
I'm looking at the 'name' PC boxes and it seems I can get a reasonable machine with wireless, multi-media, and a flat screen for less than $1000. Here's the beef...Wireless
-Is there any inexpensive home wireless gear I can use to distribute recorded DVR content around to other rooms where I have a collection of mostly solid SD CRTs?
-Likewise can I distribute D*'s output signal over wireless to other devices? I'm guessing not but the thought of pulling more cable in my house makes me heave.PC Upgrades
-What capabilities would I have if I upgrade to a HDMI-enabled video controller in the PC, and is the flat-panel display resolution of 1200x800 sufficient for 720p HD viewing?
-I'd like to permanently archive DVR content in a personal 'collection' and for a few extra bucks, does it make sense to get a 2-layer DVD burner; can I actually archive?
-Will any of the MS-Vista S/W components help me in this scheme, or are there other software (hardware) products that would be more useful?
I'm not really a high-fidelity kind of guy, and since I only have one HD display and no wireless home network currently, I'm looking for something practical to leverage the DVR content that I'm starting to squirrel away. Being able to watch DVR in down-scaled SD with 2.1 sound over wireless would be huge, especially if I can justify a few well-time PC/bridge/router investments to archive content. Maybe a another plasma or two will find their way into the home next year as well.
Needless to say, this scheme may come in especially useful when I am banished from the plasma/HD for spending all this dough...I may be the one watching in SD stereo
Advice, HW/SW w/models, and places to buy would all be MOST appreciated.