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How to Stream Live TV throughout the Connected Home with InfiniTV 4 powered HTPC

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There is a good chance that if you’ve kept up on recent news in the Connected Home Industry, you would have caught wind of the fact that Ceton’s InfiniTV 4 has recently had dramatic drop in price.  With that, I figured it was time to go out and pick one up to see what the fuss is all about.

ceton infinitv cardWhile there are some new contenders in this arena like SiliconDust HDHomeRun, the InfiniTV is still a solid device, especially if you want to integrate it with your Home Theater PC (HTPC).  Here are the simple, step-by-step instructions for getting the InfiniTV set up to stream content throughout the home:

For the purposes of this tutorial we are assuming that you have already inserted the card into your Home Theater PC and have downloaded and installed the drivers on your HTPC.

Within Windows Media Center 7, navigate to the Ceton InfiniTV menu option and select it to begin the configuration of your InfiniTV card.

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Click Yes when prompted about continuing.  Then select “Setup InfiniTVs” from the options:

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Click Next and then verify that both your Cablecard tuner shows up along with the NIC you will be using.  When both areas have the correct information for your system, select “Yes, configure InfiniTVs with these results” and click Next:

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Select the appropriate firewall:

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Select the number of tuners you want available for recording on this main workstation.  The remaining tuners are what will be available for WMC 7 systems throughout your home:

 

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Read the warning about your system creating a “bridge” with the networking to allow other machines to connect to this one for steaming TV

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Wait for it….wait for it…

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Now you have finished with the initial configuration of the InfiniTV card, click Finish

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The setup will launch into setting up the card within WMC 7 itself:

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Navigate to Settings>TV Signal and select “Set Up TV Signal”

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Setup the correct Region for where you live

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Enter your Zip Code so that Windows Media Center 7 has the proper TV Guide loaded.

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Say that you Agree, else you won’t get very far!  Winking smile

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Select “yes” if all looks well.  (I saved one tuner for my upstairs PC

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Select “Yes”

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Find your appropriate cable / satellite provider

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Voila!  You are finished with this portion of the setup!

I hope you found these instructions helpful in getting started with the Ceton InfiniTV tuner setup for your Windows Media Center 7 on your HTPC.

Billy

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BillyPut simply, Tom (a.k.a Billy) loves technology! He’s been involved in the IT world since leaving the Navy in 1992 and has moved his way up to the top on the systems engineering side. After taking a short deviation into home automation, he’s never been able to shake his love for creating an environment of complete integration at home. If there is a way to make the various systems in his home more seamless (even if they weren’t originally meant to talk to each other) he’s up to the challenge of figuring out how to make it work!View all posts by Billy

  1. Dale
    Dale08-08-2011

    Are there any alternative Digital Media Receivers other than xBox, xBox360, Linksys DMA2100/DMA2200, or D-Link DSM-750?

    What about for a non-Windows Media Center HTPC?

    THANKS

  2. Erik
    Erik08-12-2011

    So is there way to stream content to an HDTV without a PC attached? I think I know the answer but the info on Centon site seems to indicate its possible when I don't see how. I found your site googling the subject but your instructions seem geared more towards setting up a PC to received streamed video then just a TV. Thanks!

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