Originally Posted by IDRick
The Apex 502 changes channels with it's reminder function. May work well with a computer capture card. I need to try mine out with my HVR 1600. BTW, Zaphod's a great video resource guy, met him over on the video redo forums.
, appreciate your and zaphod7501's
input on building up a HD HTPC
, with the possibly of integrating $40 NITA Coupon type CECB DTV STB type tuners such as the Zenith DTT901, Zinwell 970A/950A, Apex DT502 in some way... as a way of VCR type time-shifting (recording).
That said- I would assuming using a true HD tuner would give much better results.
I'm torn between the following:
A: Philips 3576 / Magnavox H2160 recorder (ASTC built-in-160gb hd, and DVD burner- Alas this unit down-converting HD into SD)
B: DTVPal DVR (HD)
C: HD HTPC - with a dedicated tuner card.
D: SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual Digital Tuner (Network Tuner)
* Supports ATSC over-the-air digital TV (USA/Canada).
* Supports ClearQAM unencrypted digital cable (USA/Canada).
* Streams full broadcast resolution, up to 1080i high definition without degrading the quality.
* Multiple computers can use the HDHomeRun - tuners are automatically allocated as needed.
* Multiple HDHomeRun units can be used together to expand the number of tuners.
Seamless operation with multiple computers: ¶
* Run Vista Media Center on multiple computers sharing the pool of HDHomeRun tuners.
* Tuners are automatically allocated between computers on a first-come first-served basis.
* Tuner pooling works with Windows Media Center, BeyondTV, SageTV, GBPVR, MediaPortal, and TotalMedia.
* Free software/firmware upgrade available for download.
Works with popular DVR software: ¶
* Pause, rewind, fast-forward live TV.
* Record all your favorite TV shows by name.
* Integrated TV guide (provided by the DVR software).
Compatible With: ¶
* Windows Media Center:
o MCE 2005 32-bit
o MCE 2005 64-bit
o Vista MCE 32-bit
o Vista MCE 64-bit
* Elgato EyeTV - DVR for Mac
* MythTV - DVR for Linux
* SnapStream BeyondTV - DVR for Windows
* SageTV - DVR for Windows
* MediaPortal - DVR for Windows
* GB-PVR - DVR for Windows
* VLC - Multi-platform media viewer
* TSReader - MPEG-2 transport stream analysis
* 8-VSB (ATSC over-the-air digital TV)
* QAM64/256 (unencrypted digital cable TV)
* IR Receiver (signal PC with a standard remote control)
* 100baseTX high speed network
* 1 year warranty
* 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 (or similar) for HD playback
* 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
* 1-4 GB per 1/2 hour of DTV recording(Sorry for posting the Specs on the SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual Digital Tuner guys.... but that unit sounds pretty good to me... Dual tuners and you can access it /record to /from from ANY PC on your network!)
Getting back to the CECB's which down-convert HD into SD:
You mentioned the APEX D502 changing channels with it's reminder function and possibly tying in with your HVR-1600...
Please post your findings in the DT502 thread, or link to whenever you posting your findings as I'm sure others would be interested!.http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1055421PS: So as to not get this thread off-topic again... got a link to the "video redo forums" you mentioned?