Faced with almost-universal indifference to Google TV, the Chocolate Factory has decided to splash some pocket change on buzz-generation and acquired SageTV. Google announced that it had transformed television last year, but TV somehow remained stubbornly un-transformed. People are still perfectly happy to use YouTube, and even …
Been using it for years
Been using Sagetv for years and it is great. Got one server in garage with all my sat and terrestrial feeds going in. Got all my live tv, music and dvd/br rips on it. all tv's in house either have a pc with client on or dedicated sagetv media box . watch live or recorded stuff anywhere any time in full hd.. brilliant.
I hope that google bring two things;
1/ full android client for it -surely!!!
2/ full HD integration to think like love film.
MediaPortal is by far the best HTPC software available and is completely free. Tried Sage once - not very impressed.
Not impressed with HTPC
The best part of Sage is having a centralized server for the entire house. I don't want a dedicated HTPC for every screen in the house. Sage software was $80 and the extenders were $150. If you have more than a couple of screens in your house the difference in price of the extenders versus having even a cheap HTPC for every screen will quickly pay for the software.
I haven't played with MediaPortal, but it doesn't look like it has any capabilities beyond Sage. MediaPortal is also Windows only. Linux support is(was?) an after thought on Sage, but it was available and I can verify that it works.
Still, if Sage is fully Googled and ceases to work, it's good to know that there are some sub-optimal alternatives out there.
Window Media Center with Ceton InfiniTV4 rocks
In the US, the CableCard standard had locked most PC-VRs out of a lot of the content that people are interested enough to pay to watch. Until this time last year, when the Ceton InfinTV4 Cable Card tuner finally showed up. SiliconDust finally managed to get their 3 tuner CableCard device out in the last couple of weeks too, so now there's even more choice.
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