Home Automation - Media Systems

Category: Personal Projects
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Well, its been a long time coming. I've wanted to do this ( among other things ) for several years. Sadly I feel I may be on the heals of a dieing art though.

My Primary Windows Mediacenter runs Windows 8.1 with a Ceton InfiniTV PCIe 4 Cable Card 4x HD Tuner and a Hauppauge card (I still use for FM Tuning and possibly adding OTA).

This system utilizes MyMoves for my TV and Movie Database, and also has plugins for Plex, Huluu, Second Run TV, Amazon Prime and Netflix.

My Plex server runs on a Windows 7 VM with Mediacenter installed. And I have several Android TV sticks as well as a Amazon Fire TV stick, I guess not to mention a Rasberry Pi running XBMC/Kodi and a Dell Vostro 360 All in One with Windows 8.1 Mediacenter and 3 XBox 360s that can function as Extenders.

I ended up grabbing a Ceton IntiniTV 4 USB on eBay and a 19inch Dynex 720p TV and Wall Mount (for the Kitchen). The goal is to mount the Vostro 360 in the Office, 19inch TV in the Kitchen (with the Amazon Fire Stick), Android Stick in my room (CX-919), Android Stick in the Garage (UG802), Xbox 360 Extender in my Second Bedroom (or Rasberry Pi XBMC) an XBox 260 Extender in the Basement and the last Xbox 360 left in the Living Room for gaming.

I plan to take the InfiniTV 4 USB and connect it via USB passthru on my ESX host to my Plex Server / Windows 7 MCE VM and utilize ServerWMC and wmc2plex Plugins to allow Plex to stream live HD TV from the InfiniTV 4 USB.

For continuity I utilize the XBMC NFO exporting for MyMovies, where I create my "Golden Meta Data" for Movies and Shows. Once exported I use the Plex Media Scanner plugin for XBMC NFO importing. This allows my Meta Data, covers and info to match between my MyMovies database used on my Windows Mediacenter systems.

Thus the end goal is all devices in my house (and outside via tablets, web and cell phone) will have the same look, feel and media no matter where I am. Also allowing for whole house streaming, recording, second screen interaction, remote connectivity and device to device media slinging.

As I build out the remaining portions of the system and validate its configuration, I will post more detail information on the project as well as pictures.

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