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post #1 of 5 Old 05-25-2001, 11:21 AM - Thread Starter
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Does anyone have any experience or suggestions on how to build a Personal Video Recorder using pc equipment? I am not interested in the program downloading capability, but I would like to be able to record/watch in real time, pause live action etc.

I figure if the PVR is just a big fast hard drive, I should be able to build one myself. I don't want to have my PVR communicating with Big Brother, and my understanding is that OEM DVRs will not work if they are not in regular contact with the mother ship.

All I want is for all the programs I watch to be in HD. Seems reasonable to me :)
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There are two programs out there currently that can do this. The ATI Multimedia Centre and ShowShifter . The ATI software is more mature and flexible but locks you into ATI video cards (All In Wonder 128 or Radeon). Showshifter is more generic but lacks features such as a properly integrated electronic program guide. My favourite currently is the ATI MMC but I'm keeping an eye on Showshifter since it has the potential to be a really nice app when it matures. In particular I like the way Showshifter gives you easy access to recorded shows which is a feature that ATI currently lacks.

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Thanks for the direction.

All I want is for all the programs I watch to be in HD. Seems reasonable to me :)
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There are several other programs designed to turn your HTPC into a virtual PVR.

Look for the upcoming July issue of SGHT for a feature on this very topic.

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Hi Guys:

___I do not have the time to look up the particulars but I am wondering if the Tivo patents issued today will affect our HTPC uses of the technology. I did see the timeshifting patent discussion on CNBC many times today but the people discussing the technology are either not privy to what is being discussed or do not have the time allotment to discuss the patents in more detail.

___If there is anyone hooked into the Tivo forums willing to add to the discussion, I would greatly appreciate your comments.

___Thanks in advance

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