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Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Stillwater, OK USA
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I have the Hauppauge! HDPVR and use it to record content from my Dish satellite receiver, mostly things I've recorded already on my DVR. I have both EyeTV 3.5.4, which I use with the HDPVR and an EyeTV 500, and HDPVRCapture, which I rarely use at all these days. I haven't had any problems with the HDPVR and my EyeTV 500 is about eight years old. I already stream stuff off of satellite (using the HDPVR) to my Apple TV using my iPhone and iPad and the EyeTV software, which is a definite plus of the software, but not the tuner.
I can't think of a reason why I'd buy the EyeTV HD since it doesn't have an internal hard drive and requires a Mac to stream. The only downside to the setup I have now is that I have to go upstairs to change channels when I'm streaming to the Apple TV and there's about 30 second delay.
Recording off of the satellite receiver in 720p, I can export recordings to h.264 with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound very fast because it's not compressing, only changing the wrapper on the recorded file generated by the Hauppauge! A two hour movie takes less than five minutes to be ready for the iPad/iPhone/Apple TV. Also, I don't think the EyeTV HD supports Dolby Digital, but I could be wrong. When I record using my EyeTV 500, there's about a 90 minute compression process for each hour of 1080i video that I record, not counting that I remove the commercials where appropriate.