I have been mostly content to use the supplied Titan TV and Win TV Scheduler apps to schedule and manage recordings using the HDPVR-1212, but wanted to know if there was a better way. For fun I installed the HDPVR-Windows Media Center upgrade, and have been experimentimg with it.
I like the user interface, especially their Electronic Program Guide, and the way not only recording but watching TV, as well as other media operations, are all run from one wife-friendly GUI. But I have not got it working smoothly enough for that, yet, and I have some questions for any of you who have gotten it to work to your satisfaction:
*The IR blaster function is AFU, driving an SA 425HDC set top box. It works OK (if sloooowly) with the Win TV app, but channel changes using Media Center are goofy. The blaster winks out 4 digits, but none of them is correct. (Guide channel 1105, for example, gets blasted as "9623" or some other wild 4-digit channel). Is there another app to set up the HDPVR IR function for Media Center, or is the supplied "BlactCfg" app supposed to do it all? This problem is fatal for unattended/scheduled recording use.
*Media Center is "slow" to recognize the HDPVR. On launch, it first says "no channels found", then "weak signal", then finally sees video and audio from the STB and shows an image. This is not a serious issue, but I wonder if this is "normal" operation?
*As noted up the thread, the recorded files have an odd extension. I know the HDPVR is still putting out the same H264 data as always, so is this just a "container" issue? They play fine in Media Center but will I have to "convert" or rename them to get the PCH or Boxee to play them (haven't tried yet!).
I would love to be able to use the slicker, more powerful Media Center app to run my HDPVR, but it's not "there" yet. Advice?