Upgrading current HTPC to cutting edge

Discussion in 'Home Theater PCs' started by Alienwho, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Alienwho

    Alienwho Diamond Member

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    I created my HTPC setup 4 years ago and have been happy with it but I'm hoping things have gotten better.

    I am currently just running the HTPC box just right next to my TV. What I want to do is hide the box downstairs and buy a new smart TV that can hopefully do everything I do right now. I guess my question is can current smart TV's easily connect and navigate windows media center on the HTPC? I want to record/watch etc everything recorded. I also want to easily browse my movie/tv collection.

    I fear the tv's cannot connect to media center and access the live/recorded TV. I watch all my TV in the house through the network (4 HD Homerun tuners). I'll probably have to get a media extender but it seems that was so 2010 and there really aren't any out there anymore.

    My ideal setup:
    -set server in the basement that contains all old divx movies/mp3s/live/recorded TV (windows media center)
    -Use smart tv features like netflix/amazon instant/pandora
    -Do all of the above using the remote that comes with the TV

    Thanks
     
  2. TastesLikeChicken

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    Currently there are no TVs that have a WMC extender function and with MS appearing to be abandoning Media Center it is unlikely there ever will be such a thing.

    Your only viable solution would be a separate extender. The Ceton Echo is due to be released soon so that may be something you might want to consider.
     
  3. SMOGZINN

    SMOGZINN Diamond Member

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    Many TV's do support DLNA, so you could set up a Plex server and navigate it from a Smart TV.
     
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    He couldn't get live TV through Plex and I'm not sure how Plex would handle recordings that might have copy protection.
     
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