My Chi is being re-centered. Thanks for that little nugget of goodness Pnut.
EDIT ADD: Another thing that has bothered/concerned me. What about the EPG that comcast gives out. Does that carry over to the HDHomerun? do i have to pay for a service like that ServiceDirect or whatever it is?
Ok so added my new revised list:
1 - GBE NIC
2-3 HDHomeruns (to power 5 "TV's" and 1 record)
DO NOT NEED added TV Tuner or PVR Cards (Right??)
ps. thanks for the website Pnuts. But i have no idea wtf that is.
PPS. Thanks again to everyone that is posting. You are a salvation in my world and using your info has helped me greatly. (didn't even know about that HDHomerun thingy. PROPS)
The website is basically a listing of channels that are detected when performing a channel scan with a digital tuner, like the HDHomerun. Using someones entry for my area (http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Bay_Area%2C_CA#San_Francisco.2C_CA_94118_-_Comcast
) and based off of the updated date of April 2009, I could expect to pick up the channels listed there at the minimum.
slight off topic blurb:
I say minimum because by default mythtv channel scans will ignore encrypted frequencies when scanning. Mythtv only checks the initial channel in the frequency and moves on to the next frequency if encrypted. If you have it scan everything, it will find additional channels on frequencies that start with an encrypted channel. an example would be like this:
say frequency 112 has 5 channels and the the first 2 are encrypted but the last 3 are not.
112.1 - Encrypted
112.2 - Encrypted
112.3 - Unknown channel
112.4 - Unknown channel
112.5 - Unknown channel
Myth will ignore the last 3 as if they do not exist even though they do and are available.
Also, i believe (someone please correct me if im wrong here. My LMCE system bit the dust and my new hardware is not 710 complient, so i cant confirm this) if you are watching or recording 2+ channels on the same frequency, you are only using 1 tuner. So you may not need to buy as many HDHomeruns as you think depending on channel grouping in your area.
an example is FOX and CBS are on the same frequancy in my area, so i can record a show on both channels at the same time and only use 1 tuner. Additionally, multiple rooms could be viewing this channel and still only use that 1 tuner. Someone else is free to watch something else and use the other tuner of my HDHomerun. So you might not need 3 of them, but i guess it couldnt hurt.
I have an excel sheet of my local channels and such, ill post it as an example to reference once I get home.