I have an interesting requirement.
I need the ability to record 24 channels of TV 24 hours a day, and keep the data for about a week. By my calculations I need about 8TB per 6 channels, so about 32TB total.
The length of time (1 week) isn't too important...even half of that would work, but the 1 week thing is a goal.
So, I'm left thinking of the best way to accomplish this, and I have a bunch of questions:
1) I see Ceton and SiliconDust both offer cablecard tuners for the PC. Is there a general consensus on which is better? Stability is a major concern.
2) What's the most number of streams (channels) that I'm going to be able to record using a single PC on a gig network?
And some technical questions as well, like:
Do either of the two providers (Ceton, SiliconDust) offer fairly low-level APIs if I need/want to do some custom programming?
Before anyone asks WTF I'm trying to do, let me take a quick moment to explain. This is for a business that is related to the marketing field. Just the opposite of what everyone else wants to do, I actually NEED to see EVERY commercial. As far as low level programming goes, I'd LOVE to have access to where in the stream the commercial breaks occur (to reduce time searching for them), and I'd love access to the closed captioning so that searches can be done that way.
Thanks in advance for any and all information!