RBoy you are great help and I appreciate it since it is making my “cord cutting” experiment be much better, sorry for so many questions.
Here is my complete setup for now while i figure this out.
Hdhomerun quantro tuner
Roku ultras at each tv
Plex Media Server is run on a Dell S530 Win10 pc with a Q6600 (no qsv) and 3 gb ram
Storage is on NAS which is Synology Diskstation D216j
My gaming pc is a personal build I5-3570k with a Radeon HD 7870 Myst OC and 16gb ram
I run Plex on the Dell because I play Warcraft on the gaming pc so can’t have my gaming cpu get bogged down with the plex server stuff. I use the NAS to store the shows that plex creates because then I had the chance to play them outside of plex and the transcoding delay caused (on my gaming pc plex would still cause delays of 10 secs even though the pc can natively play mpeg2).
Plan on using mcebuddy (what a great program btw) on my gaming pc from 2am to 630am every day to transcode the previous days shows into h264 so that I can load the shows without the 15-20 sec delay that Plex causes on the mpeg2 due to transocidng and have usable ff/rew from plex (again 15-20 sec delay after using rew/ff due to slow pc and transcoding I assume). Some times the wife is unwilling to wait until next day for a show so the mpeg2 version needs to accessible for her to play even if takes a long time to start up and because of the transcoding delay rew/ff are not really usable (she gets impatient for The Big Bang Theory)…
I am trying to make my existing gear work for now and after really learning if we can live cord cut then I might be willing to build a new gaming rig and make the existing gaming pc be the plex server pc (if i build something new I want it for playing game more then ota dvr lol).
I spent days buying and researching the possibliity of a different streaming box that could play the mpeg2 files natively thus requiring no transcoding but for whatever reason there just isn’t anything that I could find that fit the bill (either too costly apple tv, didn’t have amazon prime video mibox, couldn’t deinterlace amazon fire tv, no mpeg2 decoder any more new amazon fire tv, etc etc etc). So i’m trying to make the best out of the ota antenna with plex dvr with what i currently own.
Whatever advice you have for more efficient setup or workflow would be greatly appreciated.