Frank GatesYour "Start to Finish" guide to digital photos, videos, movies, TV shows, music, books, and data.

"I finally did it, and so can you!"

Lost in a mess of photos, videos, and music?

Paying too much? Don’t understand the less costly alternatives?

Too many options, choices, and devices? Nothing makes any sense.

Beginner? No sweat, this site is made for you.

OK, Let's take the first step!

What is this site?

Home Media includes your digital photos, videos, music, books, and data. This site has the "how-to" about everything from running cables, cutting-the-cord, to enjoying all your media, on all your devices, all the time.


This website is all about beginners. It is built for regular folks who just want to enjoy all their photos, home-videos, music, and so on. It is a non-technical "How-To" website with step-by-step instructions to guide you through your entire media world. Sources, hardware, software, tools, and techniques. Everything you need to organize your own personal media collections.

Where do I start?

The first step is to go to the "Step 00: The BASICS" page. It will explain all the 16 steps and how to navigate around the site. But there are no rules. You can just bounce around wherever you want to go and check it out. You are in the driver's seat. 

My credentials?

Hi, I'm Frank Gates. I spent 35 years in cable TV, and I am going to share that experience with you by showing you how I put together my own home media system and how I enjoy it every day.

I have made all the mistakes and have figured out what works, and what doesn't work. My technical credo is:

“I do not work for technology; I make technology work for me.”

(Click here to see my background)