I build my own computers, and some builds for others as well. Tuners and codecs are not not my area of expertise. I can install tuner hardware, and load drivers, troubleshoot things, but I have not gotten into custom codes, decoders or how windows overlays things, etc. Just a matter of reading up on it I guess.
We have AT&T uverse, VDSL based internet, phone and HDTV service. I wanted to record to the PC some of the health shows Uverse has. It looks like with the HDCP protection on HD digital hookups, the easiest thing to do is to use their downgraded 480i signal via S-Video, composite video, or RF jack. That's fine, since I don't care about having the best video quality on these shows.
I can get the RF SD output from the Uverse box to the analog RF input on the ATI HDTV wonder card to work on channel 3 in Win 7 Media Center just fine, except as many know, the analog side of this card is not the best quality. So, I thought the ATI breakout box that accepts the S-video hookup, might be a better quality. Might be, but there is a good chance the S-video is no better than their analog RF jack provides.
Might be a moot point, since it looks like the breakout box connected to the card is causing me some issues with Win 7. I'm getting an intermittent "no signal" with the breakout box connected, even with media center not running.