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    Default HTPC build

    If I cut my Sattelite bill this will pay for itself in 8 months. Any thoughts?


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    why not just run hulu?

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    Or get a Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV?

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    I want to be able record the over the air shows that aren't available. We currently use the interface on the TV or the DVD player and it's a PITA, I'm thinking that using this for amazon prime, Netflix might be easier.


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    I forgot to mention that i will be getting an antenna and this card for the PC.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ALYC2INPHZWA1


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    Will you be using a server/nas of some sort to store all this media? 'Cuz that SSD aint gonna cut it.

    Take a look at XBMC and Yatse for your playback needs.

    An alternative to your htpc would be RaspberryPi. It's something I've been looking at myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juneau View Post
    Will you be using a server/nas of some sort to store all this media? 'Cuz that SSD aint gonna cut it.

    Take a look at XBMC and Yatse for your playback needs.

    An alternative to your htpc would be RaspberryPi. It's something I've been looking at myself.
    I will be getting some NAS setup but I'm not sure of the details yet, I may try to use a case that could house a couple of drives as opposed to a separate box, for now I'll use a spare hdd I have.

    I will look into those thing Juneau, thanks.


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    If you get a NAS go with Synology.

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    Like this one? Is it really just plug and play?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2KH-001H-00002

    Also would it be better to have a stand alone unit or put it in a machine?


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    Are you wanting to get rid of your satellite and just do OTA? If so, that should work well. Definitely need storage for an HTPC. Not sure you really need a NAS though, as it isn't really critical data. I would just get a big WD Green drive or two unless your case has limited space.

    I just got an Amazon Fire HD. It is pretty sweet. Just using it with Amazon Prime and Netflix right now, though they seem to have most of the same movies.

    I also have a Raspberry Pi. They work pretty well for streaming, but can't be used as a DVR replacement I don't think.
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    I hope to go with OA Amazon Prime and Netflix. I'm on the fence about the NAS at this point, it would be nice to have a place where my wife could put all of her pictures from various locations. At this point I will keep my eyes peeled for deals on a drive that will be needed for the DVR storage.

    I'm still reading up on what programs will be best for recording, I'm sure I'll have more questions.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke{CLR} View Post
    Like this one? Is it really just plug and play?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2KH-001H-00002

    Also would it be better to have a stand alone unit or put it in a machine?
    Yep. Something like that is perfect. Not sure what you're asking in the last question.

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