I’ve been experimenting this week with my new HDHomeRun Prime, which is a 3-tuner external device that hooks to my cable service and to my network. It uses a M-type CableCard to unlock and tune the digital signals. Then, any PC on my network can access any channel to which I subscribe. Cool. Why was […]
Subscriber Keith Vogon wrote from Thailand Dear Terry. Whilst trying to find an answer via Google, I suddenly realized that I have a great Guru 🙂 So here goes. I have been transferring my movies to a Western Digital Passport Hard Drive and suddenly realized I didn’t know how to connect it to my TV […]
After you’ve built your base, expandable PC, there’s not a lot needed to make it into a home theater PC. Those required things are: home theater PC software, and a TV tuner card or TV tuner USB device If you’re going to use Windows 7, you can choose to use the Windows Media Center software […]
I built a new home theater PC to replace the one I built in 2004. I’ve mentioned it a few times, but without any details. First, why did I do it? If you use a TiVo® or a digital video recorder (DVR) from your cable company or satellite company, you have a basic idea. Now, put it on steroids…
As I wrote in another article, I’m using SageTV software to drive my home theater PC. I love it. More importantly, my wife loves it! SageTV costs about $80 for one license, which includes updates to the program schedule. One of he first configuration settings is to tell it my zip code and then to […]
With the consolidation of most of the shows we like to Monday nights and Friday nights, my HTPC was having scheduling troubles. You’d think that three TV tuner/encoder cards (Hauppauge PVR-250’s) would be enough, wouldn’t you? Well, not quite, even though they were for two years. The problem is that the different stations don’t run […]
Subscriber Bill DePierri wrote recently to ask about using a PC to record television. I’m already doing that with my home theater pc, which Bill has seen: Terry: We recently got a Cox DVR. It is pretty clunky with little flexibility. This got me to thinking about your comments about your PC-based DVR’s, especially since […]
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