Originally Posted by mistermentality
Would it not be easier to use windows and the variety of free software for it to do so? You can hook pc up to tv and get a remote control so you could control pc with it, there are programs out there designed for such purposes, I used one years ago when I built a mame arcade cabinet that could also record tv and stream videos etc.
Get the x86 android release and if it does not work maybe try using windows as its unlikely android will be smooth enough on your pc because it won't have optimised drivers for your hardware.
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I have to agree. I think a windows box with a good media remote would be the best solution. That way it can be easily upgraded and drivers, drm, etc won't be an issue. Windows 8 is pretty touch oriented and might look nice as a media center.
That way when you want to upgrade hardware or OS you won't be stuck waiting for full driver support or patches and rewrites. I would also think it would be more powerful/feature-full for recording live TV etc.
Anything is possible though, and the Android x86 project would definitely be the place to start if you must go the Android route. Why not buy a high end Android tablet and run hdmi and then remote control that. I know that most peripherals exist in USB form, but I'm not sure how Android would handle, say, a USB TV tuner...
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