I’ve toyed around some today and read quite a bit. I think my dreams might be crushed, or at least they aren’t worth the hassle.

What I really liked about WMC was that I didn’t have to mess with it. I could record stuff, watch and pause live TV, and watch recordings with very little hassle.

Apparently my TV is picky about DLNA, and even if I get it working I don’t think it’s going to be as good as an experience as having NextPVR or whatever on a PC playing directly to the TV. And PC-direct-to-TV is going to be the best quality and response for live DVR watching and even recording playback no matter where the tuner actually is. (For now, anyway.)

If I rethink my main goals, there are two of them:

  • Record OTA TV for later viewing
  • Pause, delay, FF/RW live TV, specifically sports

And at this moment I think my least-hassle approach to that will be to get NextPVR live playback working (need to install an MPEG2 encoder) and ensure that will work for me. Then see if there are remaining reliability problems that might be fixable or at least something I can monitor automatically.

I might put the tuners in a faster PC than they are now so I can use some of the streaming features better.