Originally posted by obeck
Okay guys, laugh all you want at my next question:
I am going to get a HDTV card. The 130 looks like it, though I might also consider trying the Fusion card or the Sasem.
I currently have Charter cable in Gwinnett County, GA. I have a huge outdoor OTA antenna left over from my pre-cable days. I dont have an HDTV (you can stop laughing now). I dont have digital cable. I have analog cable and it... well... is analog cable. There is some noise on most channels... that kind of thing.
Since I dont have an HDTV, and my TVs dont have component input, how would I get a signal from the computer/myhd130 to the TV?
Currently, I am using a PVR-350 to record and to output to the TV. Would I need to get something like an Nvidia 6600 GT to output to a TV that does not currently have component input? I.E. if I saved a program with the 130, would I be able to play it back to the TV via a video card, and would it look at least as good as the output of the PVR-350?
I think that if I can, then this would be great because I would get a number of digital stations without the noise that exists on analog cable. Further, it would look GREAT for the HD stuff that I want to view on my LCD monitor. But I dont plan on getting an HDTV until cablecard versions come out, and sets that I can afford are likely to come out well after the broadcast flag nonsense takes affect. So I'd like to get a card that I can use now and in the future, and am wondering what it would take to display HD content (not in HD, of course) from my PC on a TV and have it look as good as possible.
I can't answer all your questions, but here's my thoughts reading your post.
First, the MyHD software is miles ahead of the Fusion software. If you have only one card I'd make it a MyHD.
Second, your old OTA antenna may very well work for OTA HD in your area. There are a number of variables though, so you won't know until you try.
Third, I'm not really sure how good the MyHD is at recording any cable, other than local HD channels, which it is likely to be able to handle.
Fourth, cable card TVs are out--a lot of them have that feature now. While at first I thought that was a great idea, my mom just bought a cable card set and I'm suggesting she not use that feature so that she can get the Comcast Moto HD DVR instead (they cost about the same per month as the cable card!). Also, on her particular set, using a cable card deactivates the second antenna input, making OTA not possible as a backup to cable.
Fifth, I cannot answer your question as to how to connect a MyHD card to a regular TV.