The Geek's Guide To Home Media Centers

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There is so much media in our homes these days, from digital photos to movie streaming services to online music. Wouldn’t it be fab if we could combine all of this into one easy to use media center? Well, we can! And the best part is, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars getting one customized for you. They are very easy to make yourself, even if you don’t have much experience with electronics and tech.

Still not convinced a home media center is for you? Here are some awesome benefits.

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  • Watch HD Shows On Moves On Old TVs

In order to watch HD TV channels, you need a TV that is compatible with the format. However, that’s not the case with a home media center. That’s because you can attach an antenna to your computer and use that as the main media server. Once your TV is connected to the computer, you won’t even need to buy a digital converter box.

  • Record Favorite TV Shows

If you add a video recorder to your media center, you can easily record and rewatch your favorite TV shows and movies. That means there is no need to pay for a TiVo subscription.

  • Websites And Your Hard Drive Will Be On Your TV

It’s now possible to view everything that is on your computer hard drive on your TV. And it’s also possible to view websites on your TV too! You just need to make sure that you get a good internet network provider to ensure the connection is strong on your TV. These days, you can now find deals such as http://www.verizonfiosdeals.com/fios-availability.html that combine Internet with phone and TV packages. All in all, helping you to save a fortune!

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Now that you’re convinced that it’s worth setting up a home media center, you’re probably wondering how you can go about it. Hopefully, all of the following points will answer all your questions! 

  • Server

Desktop computers work better than laptops when it comes to servers, as you need plenty of card reader slots for TV tuner cards. The computer also needs to be able to be left on around the clock. Don’t think your current PC is up to the job? Don’t worry; you can usually find suitable models for around $400 these days.

  • Storage

You can now buy external hard drives with an impressive two terabytes of data for just $80. That’s enough to store around 100 DVDs! Make sure you invest in a drive that offers plenty of storage. Then you will be able to store all your DVDs, music, and photos together in one place.

  • TV Tuners

Your media server will need a TV tuner card so that it can record the programs and movies that your computer receives. This card simply slots into the PC’s motherboard. It’s possible to buy a card that contains two tuners, which gives you the chance to record two shows at once.

  • Software

A media system software is very important as it lets you navigate through all the different things you have saved to your storage. There are lots of different software available that are suitable for this, so it is well worth shopping around to find one that fits your needs and budget.

  • Device Connectors

So, you’ve got all your files and software on your computer - but how do you get it onto your TV to watch? You need a media connector. Xbox sells one at a very reasonable price on http://www.amazon.com. You just need to set this device up so that it connects to both your computer server and TV. Then, all of the computer’s hard drive will be accessible on your TV, and you can start streaming your recorded movies!

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As you can see, there isn’t much that needs to go into setting up a brilliant home media center. It requires a bit of technical know-how, but everyone should have the expertise to carry out the work. And, even though there are some initial setup costs, you will find that it works out very cheap in the long run!

Feeling worried about all the work that goes into creating your own home media center? Don’t be! It’s ever so easy! If you do get stuck at some point, you can always come online as there are many different guides and how-tos online. Most of these cover the basic issues that you can expect to face. We’d love to hear how easy or difficult you find setting up your media center. Get in touch and let us know!

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