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    TV/Visual Media Viewing 2011 Project

    Project Goals (by priority):
    1) Replace (or replace functionality of) aging VCRs
    2) Reduce overall Month-to-Month Costs
    3) Increase quality of the Experience (content and visuals)

    Current (Legacy) Environment:
    -All 3 TVs connected to analog cable TV service (no Digital TV box needed) via Time Warner Cable
    -Only one of the three TVs have OTA digital TV tuners (the small TV in the office)
    -None of the VCRs have OTA digital TV tuners
    -No HD viewing capability
    -No BlueRay DVD viewing capability
    -Internet available in all rooms via Wi-Fi 802.11n
    -Internet is available in room “office” via Wi-Fi and wired ethernet
    -Netflix Subscription – 1 DVD out at a time and unlimited streaming
    -TV “A” (Big old Sony,) is in the “family room” with attached combo VCR/DVD and Roku Box (streams Netflix and some other stuff)
    -TV “B” (Small 13#) is in “my office” with an attached combo VCR/DVD next to my Windows-based TV
    -The Windows PC in the office can show TV-ish content via YouTube (and like sites), Netflix Watch Instantly, Hulu (non Hulu Plus), or Video/MP4 content in iTunes (currently being replaced by Mac Mini)
    -TV “C” (Small old 13″ Panasonic) in “my bedroom” with a a VCR and a combo VCR/DVD attached
    -No Laptop, NetBook, or iPad functionality
    -I prefer to watch shows most shows in the “family room”
    -I prefer to watch TV in bed late at night, as opposed to falling asleep on the family room couch
    -If I watch TV on my office, it tends to be usually be just the news
    -I rarely watch TV-ish content on my PC
    -I will xfer some TV-ish content from the internet to my PC for syncing to my iPod
    -Most of my VCR tapes are 8hour…the rest are 9 and 10 hour tapes
    -My VCRs are getting old and starting to have issues (HW issues, recording quality issues)
    -I do not have a gaming system attached to a TV
    -lots of remotes

    Project Requirements (by priority):
    -access to current big network TV shows for viewing when I want to view them
    -access to current cable network TV shows for viewing when I want to view them
    -ability to record media on behalf of (and to transfer to) my parents
    -access to Red Eye for viewing when I want to view it
    -access to old movies for viewing when I want to view them
    -access to new-ish movies for viewing when I want to view them
    -access to cable news (Fox, CNN) for viewing current and current-ish news/events
    -access to C-SPAN for viewing current and current-ish events
    -access to C-SPAN’s Book TV for viewing when I want to view them
    -access to Internet content like YouTube (and the like) for viewing when I want to view them
    -access to Bittorrent content (and the like) for viewing when I want to view them
    -access to new-ish Premium Cable TV shows for viewing when I want to view them
    -access to older Premium Cable TV shows for viewing when I want to view them
    -ability to record media to transfer to my iPod
    -ability to play iTunes stuff through my TV

    In-Scope:
    -Change recording technology options
    -Change media source options
    -Change viewing technology options
    -Change storage options
    -Add-to and/or change options for office new Mac Mini (in-process of replacing legacy Windows PC)

    Out-Scope:
    -Standalone Internet Radio devices
    -Purchasing a Laptop, Net Book, Android-based Pad, iPad, or Kindle (different 1Q2011 Proj)
    -“3D” TV Technology
    -Adding a Gaming system to a TV (e.g. XBox, Playstation)
    -Adding a fourth TV Viewing area (e.g. Kitchen, Bathroom)
    -Changing to a Residential VOIP service from my Land-line Phone
    -Dropping my Land-line phone and just using a cell phone (different 1Q2011 Proj)
    -Skyping through my TV
    -Increasing my Internet bandwidth (different 1Q2011 Proj)
    -Switching Internet Service Providers

    Likes:
    -I would like to have the High Definition TV Experience
    -I would like to be able to watch content of all types, from any of the three TVs
    -I prefer simplicity to complexity
    -I prefer to not be a home SysAdmin (I prefer to be paid to be a SysAdmin)
    -I would like to play Blueray DVDs from Netflix

    Hates:
    -I hate my monthly (every increasing) Cable TV fee
    -I hate the idea of a monthly Tivo/DVR fee
    -I hate the idea of additional fees for Digital Cable boxes or Digital Cable cable cards
    -I hate the idea of recording directly to a DVD

    Neutrals:
    -I am okay with building/assembling my own HW/SW solutions if I am going to be the SysAdmin
    -I would prefer Unix-based to Windows-based solutions if I am going to be the SysAdmin
    -I could care less about Twitter or Facebook via my TVs

    Options / Stuff / Considerations / Investigations:
    Tivo dual-tuner DVR and Digital Cable Cards
    -Tivo dual-tuner DVR
    Moxi tri-tuner DVR + Digital Cable Cards + Upgrade to Digital Cable + 2 Moxi Mates
    Hulu Plus subscription ($10/month, rolling out soon, will be on many devices)
    -Play ON
    Beyond TV on my HW (Windows, can support multiple tuners)
    Myth TV on my HW (Multi-Tuners, UNIX Based)
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    Freevo
    XBMC on my HW
    Windows Media Center on my HW
    Apple TV ($99, iTunes-to-TV bridge, Streams Netflix
    Roku Appliances boxes (stream Netflix, will stream Hulu Plus, HD support)
    Channel Master CM-7000PAL Digital Video Recorder (DVR) for OTA TV (dual-tuner, no monthly fees)
    Sezmi – Current – OTA local channel Digital TV + dual-tuner DVR with $5/month fee
    Sezmi – Future TBD – OTA local channel Digital TV + many “cable” channels via internet streams + dual-tuner DVR with $20/month fee
    Boxee on my HW
    Boxee Box Appliance ($200 TD, Netflix Streaming, Hulu Plus assumption, other net content
    Nuu Player Boxee Appliance Future TBD
    Google TV – not shipping yet, early stuff might be rough
    Elgato EyeTV HD DVR
    -Elgato Eye TV Digital or Dual USB Tuner for Mac OSX
    Elgato has lots of products for TV/OSX interaction
    -Build my own Media PC aka Home Media PC aka HMPC
    -What about Bittorrents?

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