I have a 92 year old mother who lives a short distance away and who is finding it harder and harder to handle technology. Therefore I am looking for a way to assist her remotely and it occurred to me that I may be able to set up a PC as an entertainment hub with remote access. The concept I had in mind is summed up as follows but I don't know how difficult or feasible it is so I am after comment:
1. Use her standard TV (now a 42 inch Panasonic plasma) as a monitor connected to a PC via HDMI 1
2. She needs to be able to play DVD's so a PC with a built in or external DVD should handle that. All I need to do is find a player that will instantly jump into full screen mode
3. She needs to be able to watch TV but she could do that either via the native TV tuner, or preferably through HDMI 1 using a TV tuner in the PC
4. When the PC boots it need to jump straight to TV but I think that could be done by loading the TV tuner software launcher in the Start folder - does that feasible?
5. It would be really handy if there was some software I could get that would enable me to create programmed recordings of TV shows but I would hope that the tuner may even come with such software
6 I would like to be able to control the process remotely but I think I could do that effectively with Teamviewer Free for personal use
7.The second most difficult challenge would be to enable her to have access to Italian TV without having to navigate multiple menus. There are providers of boxes that will enable live TV from the internet but I need to find out if there is a way to launch straight to a channel selection menu. Again, if anyone has any experience your comment would be welcome.
8. The most difficult issue I can think of is finding some way of controlling this locally with a remote control. I did have a laptop once that came with a remote control for audio/video functions so they may still make them but I am not sure if one of those could be configured to drive this as simply as I need.
Perhaps this is the wrong forum to ask this question but I don't know where else to turn. Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.