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Old 07-25-04, 09:18 PM
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Tivo type programs for your computer?

I am thinking of running my satellite through my computer. I always have it on when I watch tv, etc. so I figure it would be nice to be able to record, play back, etc. as well.

Any good programs that do this? I figure I need a better video card, but that is cheap enough.

Any recommendations?
Old 07-26-04, 12:29 AM
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no, you'd need a capture card, not a better vid card. It's best to keep them seperate.
and when you buy one it'll come with one of the above mentioned software programs that you can record with.
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Get a Hauppauge WinTV PVR250. It's a TV capture card with a hardware MPEG 2 encoder. Then check out SnapStream Beyond TV, SageTV and ShowShifter. There are others, but those are the more popular Windows based PVR software. They all have free trials available. Personally, I think that Beyond TV is the most polished. The last thing you'll need is a little IR blaster that connects to your PC and allows the PVR software to change the channels on your sat box.
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MythTV.
Old 07-26-04, 10:23 AM
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MythTV requires linux, something people who recommend it forget to mention.
Old 07-26-04, 10:53 AM
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I didn't forget. kvrdave made no mention of what platform he wants to run.
Old 07-26-04, 10:56 AM
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Originally posted by danw
I didn't forget. kvrdave made no mention of what platform he wants to run.
Because everyone runs Linux? If he was running Linux, he would probably know about PVR software options.
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I chose a Hauppauge WinTV PVR250MCE/SageTV bundle here:
http://www.pcalchemy.com/index.php/cPath/43
It records "favorites" automatically (think tivo season pass) and the monthly fee.... FREE. The bundle price is very close to the retail PVR250 but does not come with the crappy Hauppauge software (just drivers) or the remote. I didn't want either. More info on choices can be found here:

http://www.htpcnews.com/forums/index.php

http://www.avsforum.com/ (Home Theatre Computers Forum)
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Originally posted by Brain Stew
If he was running Linux, he would probably know about PVR software options.
How do you come to that conclusion? I'm pretty confident saying more PVR software exists for Windows than Linux. Does that mean if kvrdave is running Windows he shouldn't have asked the question; he would probably know about Windows PVR software options?

Really, what's the big deal? In my opinion, MythTV is the most feature-filled, easy to use, and best thought-out option there is. I recommended it. Who cares if it requires Linux? Maybe kvrdave--or some other poster--would read the MythTV website, come away impressed enough to put together a Linux machine, and give it a try.
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Don't know of any tivo like programs, but windows xp media center has it built in.
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Originally posted by firteen88
Don't know of any tivo like programs, but windows xp media center has it built in.
That's what I am running. It's great!
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Originally posted by Brain Stew
That's what I am running. It's great!
Tell me more. I did a search but just came up with Window Media Center 2004 and new computers to buy that has it. I have media player, but I assume this is something much different.
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Originally posted by kvrdave
Tell me more. I did a search but just came up with Window Media Center 2004 and new computers to buy that has it. I have media player, but I assume this is something much different.
Pretty much what you said. For right now you can only get it with new PCs or with an MSDN subscription.

This is because it requires specific hardware (the Hauppauge PVR250 is pretty much the standard, but one of the TV tuners that handles hardware decoding will work too)

I heard recently that Microsoft will start allowing systembuilders (the little computer guys not Dell or Gateway) to start using Windows XP:MCE. What this means is that pretty soon Media Center OEM copies will start ending up online for sale with hardware (any hardware qualifies).

For more info go to www.thegreenbutton.com

If you want you could try looking for the OS on Pricewatch.


As for the TV program? It's great, I have it record The Daily Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and the Conan O'Brien Show. Now I can go to bed early . It comes with an extensive guide system also.
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What tv service do you have and how does it get the guides?
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Originally posted by kvrdave
What tv service do you have and how does it get the guides?
Cable.

What it does is when you first run it asks you several questions:

1) How do you receive tv broadcasts?
- Cable
- Digital Cable / Satellite
- Antenna
- Not receiving TV at this time

2) Do you use a set-top box to receive broadcasts?

If you select yes, it will try to configure the IR blaster to communicate with the box. The IR blaster comes with the media center remote which can be purchased at www.newegg.com

3) Are you connected to the internet?

4) Enter your zip code that you get TV broadcasts in.

After you enter it, it brings up a list of locations to get the guide data from. Once you select the location, it downloads the guide data. After the initial download, all downloads are done in the background.
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I may have to look into it when it becomes a little more available. Thanks much.

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