The Multifunctioning DBA

Aug 27 2009   3:44PM GMT

More of the TV Saga

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

Today is really the point of no return for me in this venture of leaving the dish behind. I recieved my shipping boxes for the LNB and two recievers that I had from the dish provider and I am taking them to the UPS Store today. Now I can not just call and say turn it all back on. So far I have been fairly pleased with the switch and I would still recommend it to anyone at this time.

Thus far I have found the using the computer with Vista Media Center and two external USB Tuners as a DVR is a great solution. Along with the ad on that I found to let me manage my recordings from the web and the DynDns setup I think it is very functional and useful. I have had some problems with the commercial removal tools that MCEBuddy uses and I have disabled that feature for now. That is OK though since I am streaming the files with PlayOn via my PS3 I can skip a minute or two in the file with now issue at all. Really my last thing was that I decided I wanted to get all of my DVD collection on to my computer so that I would be able to watch anything without having to get up to get the disk. Lazy I know, but my DVD collection is all upstairs. To accomidate this I am ripping the DVD to and ISO file using DVD Shrink. I only condone the use of this product to backup movies that you actually own. Do not steal the movies!! I Rip the DVD and remove all the audio tracks and subtititle tracks that I do not want. I then use the PS3 Media Server to open the ISO and stream it to my TV. It works great. Between having all of my DVR shows, and DVD’s available to me anytime I also have all of the internet stuff that PlayOn brings to the table. With the Plugins and what they provide out of the box I do not think I will ever pay for TV again.

Thanks to the guys at Media Mall for all the great work they have done with PlayOn and the new Wii support is great. They did a great job with the interface and well I just can not say enough good things about them. Well worth the $40 and definatly worth the free 14 day trail that you get. Check it out at

Thanks again and let me know if oyou have any questions or comments.

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