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Challenge! build a 4 HDTV tuners to distribute to 4 HDTV for $1000


I would like to challenge the experts in this forum to come up with a solution for

- distributing 4 HD live tuners to 4 HDTVs

- DVR that can be shared amongst the 4 TVs

- 4 independent remote control.

- do it all for around $1000


Assuming the following:

- Coax and Network wireing are in location where the TVs are located

- Comcast HD subscription available

- TVs are located in different rooms

- have access to Window Home Server software

- 1st Cable Card is free, 2nd is $1.50/month
 

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thanks for your contribution.


I definitely know that you can do this setup at higher price point. But I want the whole setup for $1000.00 that including the server, server hardware, client boxes with remotes.


Monthly cost for Comcast Channel feed and Cable Card excluded.

I also have access to Windows OSes.


If anyone know other forum to post this question, please let me know.
 

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Wouldn't the best solution be a Ceton InfiniTV in a decent PC and then get 3 or 4 Xbox 360 consoles as the client devices for each TV? There always seem to be sales 360's especially if you are willing to get a refurb or used one.
 

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I agree with rdb4133
 

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Thanks for your contribution.


I have look into Ceton InfiniTV tuner card.


Ceton InfiniTV 4-channels: $400

Server PC: $400-$500 = Core i5 750, 4G memory, 2T HD

Each XBox 360 console (used): $100-$150 = $400-$600


$1200 - $1500
 

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Originally Posted by nohk /forum/post/19591892


Thanks for your contribution.


I have look into Ceton InfiniTV tuner card.


Ceton InfiniTV 4-channels: $400

Server PC: $400-$500 = Core i5 750, 4G memory, 2T HD

Each XBox 360 console (used): $100-$150 = $400-$600


$1200 - $1500

start saving your schmeckles because thats the only way you are going to do what you want. you have a pretty ambitious dream for that low of a budget.


either get stuff for free or readjust your dream.
 

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


Sure, it might be a dream for me because I have not come up to a solution. But as you are aware, technology is always changing; new and alternative solutions as well as competition do help drive down the overall cost.


Looking at alternative solutions:

Perhaps a solution without a dedicated PC can help reduce the cost. We may see newer competitions for your money in digital tuner and digital media receiver. Since retailers like to sell all in one solution, perhaps we see them partnering to offer package deals to lower the price point.


That is why this is a challenge question and not a dream. I know that there are plenty of smart people in the forum and the opinions you and other share will help us all.


I am posting this topic to see if I have miss something out there. If I should wait for newer products in the channel.


Ideal Setup:

(1) PC Server: $400-$500

(1) Ceton InfiniTV: $400

(4) SageTV HD Theater 300: $600

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Total $1400-$1500


Looking at the numbers, if we can lower the price to

(1) PC Server: $350-$450

(1) 4 tuners: $250

(4) digital receiver boxes: $400

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New total: $1000-$1050


A Reality (coming soon) or just a Dream?
 

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Just get U-Verse and use the left over money for beer.

Thanks, I would like to keep the monthly cost as low as possible. My current monthly cost is around $80 with hdtv cable and Internet, how much would U-Verse with rental equipments run?
 

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Thanks, I would like to keep the monthly cost as low as possible. My current monthly cost is around $80 with hdtv cable and Internet, how much would U-Verse with rental equipments run?


Although I was just ribbin ya ... sort of. Since you ask, it may actually be worth getting a quote. In my neighboorhood, they have been beating on doors every 4 weeks or so.. price matching or better to get people to switch over. I've got 4 kids with cable in thier rooms and then 3 more cable runs, so they have limitations that I can't really deal with ... but your scenario .. it may actaully be worth looking in to.
 

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Isn't U-Verse still limited to two simultaneous live HD streams, and the rest have to be SD?

Yes
 

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Originally Posted by MarkHotchkiss /forum/post/19588148


Question: Is cable-card required? If not, then:


$200 Sage HD300 / Server bundle

$450 3x Sage HD300 ($150 each)

$300 2x HDhomerun Dual ($150 each)

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$950 Not counting the computer

actually I would change that a bit...

$200 Sage HD300+Server Bundle

$450 3x Sage HD300's

$210 2x WinTV-HVR-2250

$220 eMachines EL1333-11f AMD 1.6GHz Desktop PC

$1080 Total

maybe find a cheaper tuner, or only support 2 'live' HD streams since everyone else could/would be watching movies/recorded shows and you are under $1K...


ditch cable, it is evil, and save $80 a month... actually ditching cable would pay for the setup above in just 13 months... that is a pretty good ROI....
 

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According to you, you would ditch, all premium channels as well.

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actually I would change that a bit...

$200 Sage HD300+Server Bundle

$450 3x Sage HD300's

$210 2x WinTV-HVR-2250

$220 eMachines EL1333-11f AMD 1.6GHz Desktop PC

$1080 Total

maybe find a cheaper tuner, or only support 2 'live' HD streams since everyone else could/would be watching movies/recorded shows and you are under $1K...


ditch cable, it is evil, and save $80 a month... actually ditching cable would pay for the setup above in just 13 months... that is a pretty good ROI....
 

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Originally Posted by mlknez /forum/post/19610701


According to you, you would ditch, all premium channels as well.

yup... they are less needed now...

exhibit A: you can have hard drives full of movies, your very own "on Demand" filled with stuff you like...

exhibit B: Netflix

exhibit C: Hulu

exhibit D: other sites "That Shall not Be Named"



there is a whole world of content out there that more than makes up for the loss of a few "premium channels"

I cut the cord years ago... never looked back, never been happier...
 

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I never knew these existed,


Will the sagetv hd theatre300 allow you to do the same? if you had that ceton tuner in a powerfull enough pc. could you control pvr functions off the little unit they sell?
 
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