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A Complete HTPC (XBMC, PLEX, HULU, Amazon and Netflix)

I want to share my complete HTPC setup with everyone. I will touch from hardware to software. Since I understand the simpler I keep thing the nicer and smoother they work. Also less complains from the wife. Unlike most I don’t like to spend hundred of dollars in hardware equipment. Specially if I don’t have to. My PC is low powered as far as CPU wise but it has hardware acceleration (GPU) and very low on power consumption.

Let’s get to hardware

  • PC: Intel NUC DCCP847DYE (graphic card with hardware acceleration, Intel QuickSync), 120GB SSD and 4GB Ram
  • Tuner: HDHomerun Prime (network tuner and cable card)
  • Receiver: Yamaha RX-V775
  • Storage: QNap TS-559 Pro+
  • Remote: Harmony Ultimate

Software:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Media Center
  • MediaBrowser Server
  • MediaBrowser Classic
  • Netflix (Windows Media Center Add-in)
  • XBMC (Gotham)
  • Plex Home Theater
  • Hulu Desktop Beta
  • Hulu Windows Media Center Integration software
  • XBMC Windows Media Center Integration sofware
  • Amazon Instant Video Add-in for Widows Media Center

Additional software: 

  • Ceton My Media Center software – allow managing Windows Media Center locally or remotely (access to guide, record, delete recordings, etc..)
  • MediaControl – Brings subtitles and alternate audio support to Windows Media Center
  • LAV Filter
  • FFDSHOW
  • Win7dsfiltertweaker
  • EventGhost – Allows me to configure my remote to control all software using the same buttons including the designated Windows Media Center ones.
  • ServerWMC – Windows Media Center Server – Allows me to access live tv, guide, recording from alternate application like XBMC in my Amazon Fire TV
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Adobe Flash Player

by Carlhens Baptiste

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