I recently picked up an HDHomeRun Prime along with a cable card for my FiOS subscription. I'd like to do up a nice HTPC, and have been reading around a decent amount. I've found it pretty difficult to piece together some of the information out there regarding the various options.
Currently, I have windows media center set up and streaming over to my xbox360, but it is a bit slow and I would kind of like to use my laptop again . I'm not too happy with the WMC extender interface, either. I am required to open the laptop and such to simply record a show.
I guess the easiest place to start would be my requested features...
-Remote friendly (preferably with a cheap-ish remote)
-Able to watch live TV with pause/rewind/etc
-Able to easily record TV series or movies from the TV tuner
-Fast, responsive, and attractive menus and TV guide
-Backend must be able to "support" at least two frontends at this time
-CableCARD compatible (I don't need the encrypted channels as of now such as HBO/Cinemax - thanks FiOS)
Would be nice:
-Ability to rip blue rays to a high quality format (.mkv I guess)
-Backend and frontend in the same machine
-Ability to hook up a usb controller and play a few emulators
I was looking to use MythTV as my back end and XBMC as a front end. Open to suggestions.
The only curve ball is that I currently have an older Dell D820 sitting around. It's a 2.0Ghz core duo (32 bit apparently... annoyingly) with the Nvidia quattro 110 or 120M in it. I don't believe the video card supports the VDPAU or whatever it is to allow the hardware acceleration using the open source drivers. I currently threw MythBuntu on it to play around with it, but it does not have an HDMI output, and I have not tested its HDTV recording abilities yet. If that would work as a back end, I wouldn't mind buying a dedicated front end.
Anybody have any suggestions? I was thinking of doing a simple i3 build.