Want to make a VOD Media Server


I am planning to make a VOD Media server (something like what theu have in the new Airplane Entertainment systems)
I want to basically create a server which I can access from my Various computers and watched movies and shows that i have saved on the server. If possible I would like to be able to serve multiple watchers at the same time. I would prefer a menu based system to access the movies and shows ( As opposed to opening folders and accessing the files ). Ultimately I would like to be able to access the Media server from my Television sets. ( Maybe attach a computer to them to enable them to acess the server)

I consider my self decently knowledgable about computers but I am certainly no expert. I have built PC's before for normal desktop usage and that went fine.

Currently at home I have an Imac and Two PC Laptops running Win7 . I have a wireless adsl broadband router that I sued to share my internet connection. ( Have not setup any network between the computers as i dont really have a need) . Would like the Laptops to be able to access the server wirelessly.

Please advice me on the configuration of the hardware and software for the Media server.

Thanks in advance.

-Tee Jay

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible, but there is really no time frame.

BUDGET RANGE: $700- $1000

- Streaming audio/video to various computers
- Use Server as a central photo storage
- Steaming audio video to Television
- Use Server to download torrents etc

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Building from Scratch

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: not important, But i live in India so some parts may be difficult to get.


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Huh? (will I need a graphics card at all?)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Various sized from 12" to 27"/ TV is 42 Inch


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  1. I guess the easiest way to do this would be to make a HTPC, and put it near the TV. Then your other computers on the network would be able to browse the files and stream from the HTPC.

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  2. Hi,

    Any tips on How I can connect them to various TV's? I understand that the HTPC will easily connect to the primary screen and then via the network to other PC's. Is there any way to connect multiple TV's to the same?

    Any suggestions on Media server software?
  3. You would have to connect the TVs via the network, or run cables to each of the TVs from the HTPC, though you are only going to have one or two outputs, depending on the motherboard.

    Windows 7 Media Center works great, and is included and free.
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