A couple of old favorites returned to MeTV (23.2 broadcast, cable 73 in Tulsa) this weekend: “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and the 1950s “Superman” with George Reeves.
My Windows 7 PC-based Windows Media Center DVR has been set to record.
Unlike cable or satellite DVRs, this one captures a file you can work with. The file has the Windows Recorded TV (.wtv) file extension, yet another “container” format (like .mkv) for the uncompressed MPEG2 video data.
It can be played back using a Windows PC that is HDMI-connected to your TV, or transcoded to a compressed format like .mp4 that is streamable to your TVs. The best way to accomplish the latter is with a piece of software called MCEBuddy.
MCEBuddy can be set up to watch a specific folder where the .wtv files are saved (e.g., /Recorded TV), then automatically convert them and store them in another folder (e.g., /Videos/TV Shows). This process is CPU-intensive, so your PC needs some horsepower if you don’t want to wait hours. A friend loaned me a estate sale-acquired quad core Dell Optiplex, which gets the job done in a matter of minutes. The Optiplex saves the shows directly to my external hard drive.
Once transcoded, the recorded shows can be streamed through your home network to other TVs in the house via the Plex Channel on a Roku box, or to a computer running XBMC, such as my Raspberry Pi on RaspBMC.
This system is a good, inexpensive way to build a library of favorite programs to remove some of the pain of cutting the cable.
George Reeves visited the local kiddie show “Kids Korral”, and Barnard Elementary School in Tulsa in the 1950s.
U.N.C.L.E. HQ in Tulsa? An analysis: The T-Town Affair.