My HTPC Configuration Page

I am going to assume that you have come to this web page to find out how to construct a Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC). First I have to say that building an HTPC is not for the technically inept and not for people who don't have much time to spend on it. Although hopefully this guide will will make it easier for you to configure your system faster than it took me to do my own.

Important Discussion Forum: DVB Owners Discussion Forum

Hardware that I use

(important components that may be different from a normal PC):
AMD Athlon 2400
160GB HD
200GB HD
2 VisionPlus PCI-TER cards
1 Fusion HDTV DVB-T card
Evation IRMan + universal learning remote

Software that I use

My HTPC computer build notes here

Although there are a number of fully integrated products that claim to do everything that you need, I have not been impressed with any of them. Becuase of this I went down my own path of looking for different software packages that would fulfill my requirements .

Scheduling recordings

Web Scheduler Latest Version Announcements, including how to install the Spectrum BDA drivers for VisionPlus cards
Web Scheduler Home Page
JavaXMLTV, XML EPG download client

Watching Live TV

Digital Watch Latest Version Announcements
Digital Watch Home Page

Playback of recorded shows

DVRview or
Zoom Player Home Page

Integration Software

MyHTPC: main menu interface

HIP: Remote control key mapping

DVD Production





Compression (divX or XVid)

Auto Gordian Knot

Picture Viewing Software

XnView, or you could just use MyHTPC.