When we bought our first media center, we were focused on finding something that fit in the corner. It looked great, hid the mess of wires connecting our home theater equipment, and was out of the way. Unfortunately, we didn’t actually take any pictures of it when it was nice and neat. This is the first picture we have and you can already begin to see the problem.
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If you’ve ever attached bare speaker wire to an AV Receiver or speaker, you know how annoying it can be, especially if you need to move things or reattach wires. Even if you only need to do it once, you’re still generally in an awkward position.
CableCARD is required by the FCC to be offered by your cable provider to allow users more freedom in how they view their media. You won’t hear it advertised because the cable companies have no reason to make information about them known. In fact, most techs and customer service representatives may not have heard of them or know ho to install one. The most common uses for these are in a TiVO, but you can also use them when making your own DVR such as with Windows Media Center. This last example is exactly what we planned to do.
For those of you that know us personally, you know we originally received our video content from three main sources: OTA, Hulu, and Netflix. OTA provided us with all the local stations (NBC, CBS, ABC, etc.) in full HD with 5.1 surround sound. Hulu provided us with low quality cable shows. Netflix provided us with movies and blu-rays.
Once we finally figure out what to do with the family room, we’ll be able to install the in-wall portion of our network. In the meantime, I thought it would be nice to give you guys a sneak peak of what the final network is going to look like.