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As some of you may know I am currently using SageTV. I have had it running in my house for a couple years now and I currently use SageTV7 w/ 2 extenders. The extender in my living room (HD300) is starting to give me problems. I may be able to mess around with it and get it to work but I need it to work reliably for my family.


We primarily use the SageTV system to serve ripped DVD movies off the WHS. The SageTV basic DVD movie list is perfect for my 5 year old son. He will stand next to our TV and tell us UP or Down to search for the movie he wants to view. This interface is very basic but it does include the DVD cover art if I have included it with the DVD rip. I also have 2 HD Homeruns that I can use with SageTV to get OTA digital programming.


Many of you are Media Center users and I am trying to figure out if that is the right choice for me.


Overall in my house I use media in the following ways:


1. Primary programming is from DirecTV. I have a HD-DVR in my living room and HD tuner boxes in the kitchen and master bedroom. The whole system is connected as a DTV Whole Home system so I can watch any recordings off the DVR in the kitchen or master bedroom.


2. DVD Rips - I used my WHS v1 server to store all my ripped DVDs. I was using MyMovies on the server to pull in cover art but the database became corrupt. I am actually open to using something different.


3. DVD viewing - Currently using SageTV 7. I have the server on my desktop PC and I am using 2 extenders. HD300 Media Theatre in my living room connected to a 55" plasma and a HD200 in my kids play area connected to a conventional 20 something inch TV.


4. Sound - I do not own any surround sound systems or anything like that so that is not a primary concern. I would like to have one but my setup isn't really conducive to using a surround sound system.


Overall I liked the idea of SageTV with a central server and extenders. My problem now is the hardware problems I am starting to see and no real news from the new owners (Google) as to the future. Is it time to start looking at another system?


I know there are many other options out there including WMC, XBMC, MythTV, etc. I could also just use a stand alone media player where I wanted to watch DVDs. However, I have heard that the user interface is not necessarily that nice to look at.


I am curious what you all think. All comments welcome!

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No real suggestions for you, but here's what I'm using:


I have an HTPC (which I documented in these forums) in my LR. It has MM installed and works in conjunction with WMC. I just installed TMT onto it as well, but it's not being as useful as I hoped. The movies are stored on WHS2011 with MM configured to monitor the WHS2011 folders. The setup works pretty well. I'm actually not sure what benefit I would get from having MM on WHS2011.

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I have an HTPC as well and use two Xbox's as extenders. I have MM and TMT5 on the HTPC and it works great. It can easily do what you describe and allows for other enhancements as well. MC is the best option I have seen if you have access to cable and can use a cable card.

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Alas, a cable card would do me no good whatsoever.


Same here....

I live in a rural area so satellite is my only option besides OTA. I also can not do any streaming type service as my "broadband" internet just does not have the download speed.

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I'm surprised you like SageTV for any video viewing outside of TV. I *love* SageTV for television recording/viewing. But for movies and home videos I've just never found the interface to my liking.


The Windows version of XBMC is probably the closest to SageTV but I'm a fan of Media Center and MM4. Rebuilding the database shouldn't be that hard, although I did quit hosting it on WHS2011 and now host it on a virtualized Win7 box used only for MM4 database. I never had any problems with WHS v1 but I have had some intermittently with WHS2011.

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I agree, I can rebuild the database. I am just weighing my options. I would agree, I don't think I will put MM4 back on the server itself. Just as easy to run off of a W7 box.


I think this would be an easy choice if it only involved TV. Right now I have the Sage extenders on 2 TVs. If I decided to replace them with HTPC then I would need 2 of them. Or, I could buy Xbox's for extenders but I don't know if I really want to go that route.

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I use the WMC on my main viewing area. Then I use a xbox360 wd live plus PCH and a pop box on the other tvs. The extenders are so easy to set up and they play every format I need. Well the 360 is a pain with its limited codec.


Also extenders are dirt cheap!


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I use the WMC on my main viewing area. Then I use a xbox360 wd live plus PCH and a pop box on the other tvs. The extenders are so easy to set up and they play every format I need. Well the 360 is a pain with its limited codec.


Also extenders are dirt cheap!


What extenders do you use/recommend?

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