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HDTV + mediabox
bowenPEPSI IS THE BEST SODAayyyyyyyRegistered Userregular
Now I know why everyone is so into these things, makes my life so much easier. I've got a spare P4 PC laying about and I'd like to turn it into a media center.
I have Verizon FIOS right now, which they have their own little set top box. If possible, I'd like to get rid of that box, but it's no big deal if I can place this media PC in between the STB and my TV.
I can't remember my brand of TV off the top of my head, but I believe it's a Toshiba and it can do up to 1080p and I do have an HDMI/composite ports. At the moment the verizon STB plugs into the composite ports so I'm not sure what I'll have to do to get input into coax. Any suggestions?
As for media software I'm looking at media portal. It has the basics I want, but mostly I just want to be able to watch Hulu on my TV without having to pay some software company $100 for it and then maybe it'll work tomorrow. At least this way I can make my own plugin if the one they have stops working, or, just use a web browser right on the PC itself.
Am I missing anything? Anything else you guys can think of?
Eventually I'm going to add a blu-ray but that's far in the future, and my PS3 can suffice for there.
Warning: I am a programmer/sysop. IANAL/IANAD, seek actual advice from certified people in their respective fields if you are actually in need of it.