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I have two old LCDs - Olevia 42" and Sony KDL 32XBR9 and just bought a 24'' Sony google tv. I ran two runs of cat6 in each room along with one line of RG6. I have a htpc and onkyo TX-SR609 and putting together a gigabyte LAN. My main input for tv will be basic cable(might get clear CAM on these older LCDs) and netflix. How do I stream to these older LCDs and my biggest requirement is what ever extender that I will use, that should have smaller footprint, so hiding it, will not be an issue. What would be a good choice for media streaming software to push live tv and what do I use to receive this at these older terminals?
 

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Consider Boxee Box, Dune, or PopCorn Hour media players, among many now on the market. They connect to your home network (wired or wireless), and output VIA HDMI (or component and digital audio...) to the "dumb" TV's. You can then either play local media from networked computers/dedicated HTPC or better a NAS server, or stream from many internet sites such as Netflix, Pandora, Hulu etc.


No special additional software is needed. The source of local media just has to be set up as a share (e.g. allow one or more folders to be shared across the network) so it can be discovered by the media player.


Live TV is a bit more gnarly. You could have one or more tuner cards in the HTPC act as a server and either record for later playback, or relay a live stream...I have not done that myself but perhaps others here will chime in. IMHO I'd just put a CATV settop box (or distribution from an antenna if you would rather go OTA) at each location needing live TV.


The form factor of the Boxee is the smallest, but may not be the easiest to hide; it looks like and is about the size of a Rubik's Cube, with one corner cut off. Most other players/extenders look like traditional A/V components, one or two rack units high, and no more than 19" wide. They fit in well with other A/V equipment on furniture shelves or equipment racks.


Hope that gives you some ideas...


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Thanks Mike. I am hoping that google tv based products will allow us to install apps and I would prefer to go that direction in future to replace my older LCDs. I will look at these extenders as I was not paying any attention to these new generations. I still have DSM-320 lying around.
 
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