In the previous chapters in this section concerning media streaming, we've focused primarily on serving up audio and video media files that you've obtained from somewhere, without really discussing where they come from. While audio files are easily ripped from a CD, recording video is a little more difficult (not to mention of questionable legality).
One intriguing idea for a 24/7 server is to use it as a digital video recorder (DVR). A DVR has one or more connected television tuners that can record digital TV signals to files on the computer's hard drive. Playback is done by streaming the video files over the network to client computers or video players. You can do this without paying additional fees to your cable or satellite provider, and it can quickly fill your hard drive up with video that you can then stream to the other devices on your network.
In this chapter, we discuss options for recording television directly to your Windows Home Server from an attached TV tuner card, as well as recording from a Vista Media Center computer. We also show you some Windows Home Server add-ins that will make the whole job easier no matter how you want to use Windows Home Server as part of your household video distribution system.
It seems that integrated household video distribution systems are getting more popular all the time. With the ...