Originally Posted by Wendell R. Breland
On average I record about 7 hours worth of shows weekly, this I do on my office PC. These shows are edited with HDTV2MPEG, saved to a USB 160GB pocket drive (2.5") and played back on the HTPC which is connected to the JVC projector. The MDP has a TitanTV helper app, I just select the program in TitanTV and click the Record button which pops up the app (see below). I may add to the program name to include the episode title or if two shows are back-to-back I will set the record length to 2 hours (I usually start recording 1 minute till the hour and set the duration for 1 hour and 2 minutes for a 1 hour show).
You just took a time warp back to 2005-2006.
PC recording functionality has improved dramatically
since record solutions like that were released.
If one were adding a PC tuner card now, they would do well to run Windows7, SageTV, or BeyondTV. Every copy of Windows7 Home Premium includes a license to the Tribune guide data -- more accurate than TitanTV -- as well as DVR software comparable in functionality to a TiVo (without the fees). In other aspects of media center functionality, such as PC video and music playback, this software is superior to TiVo.
These solutions provide the name-based recording
popularized by TiVo, which largely eliminates the need for traditional timers. They offer "season passes" as well as a more limited implementation of wishlists
. You can see a brief video demo of the DVR software in Windows7 here
. One feature you'll get with Windows Media Center, but not with any commercial product like TiVo, is automatic commercial skip. This works on recordings, as well as recordings-in-progress viewed as they record. Automatic commercial skip is provided with a third-party add-on; setup instructions here
There are many that don't want a PC in their living room, or don't want a PC running 24/7 with a remote extender in their living room. Others don't want the hassle of initial setup. That's why standalone products like the TViX exist.