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Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-26-2015, 08:59 AM
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Posted By captain_video
If any channels you subscribed to were encrypted...

If any channels you subscribed to were encrypted then the cablecard had to be activated, otherwise they couldn't be decrypted for viewing. It's possible that Verizon didn't encrypt all of their...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-26-2015, 05:42 AM
Replies: 31
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Posted By captain_video
I'm pretty sure you still needed to activate the...

I'm pretty sure you still needed to activate the cablecard to decrypt the channels. Otherwise, the only channels you could receive were the clear QAM channels. Encryption and copy protection are...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-26-2015, 05:17 AM
Replies: 31
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Posted By captain_video
I'm on FIOS. AFAIK, the only channels that they...

I'm on FIOS. AFAIK, the only channels that they copy protect are HBO and possibly Cinemax. I'm pretty sure everything else is copy freely. That means I have lots of options other than WMC.

As...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-25-2015, 12:28 PM
Replies: 31
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Posted By captain_video
I gather that this is another package with MythTV...

I gather that this is another package with MythTV based on Knoppix instead of Ubuntu. I took a look at the wiki and whatever links I could find, but the documentation appears to be somewhat sketchy...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-25-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 31
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Posted By captain_video
That's absolutely true. However, there was an...

That's absolutely true. However, there was an issue in that when you installed WMC the OS version would show up as 8.1 and not 10. AFAIK, it was just a weird glitch that didn't affect the use of...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-24-2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 31
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Posted By captain_video
While I do appreciate any and all feedback, this...

While I do appreciate any and all feedback, this is not really helpful with regards to what I'm asking, so please refrain from any further comments about sticking with WMC. I'm asking for any input...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-24-2015, 05:59 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 933
Posted By captain_video
Dark_Slayer's feelings echo my sentiments...

Dark_Slayer's feelings echo my sentiments exactly. Every time I see a direct comparison between madVR and other playback apps using screen shots I can't see any noticeable difference between them. ...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-24-2015, 05:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 565
Posted By captain_video
Thanks for your input, but I guess I should have...

Thanks for your input, but I guess I should have titled the thread "Best HTPC alternative to WMC." Going back to Comcast for any reason will never happen in my lifetime. I dumped them years ago and...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-24-2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 565
Posted By captain_video
Keep in mind that WMC is not compatible with the...

Keep in mind that WMC is not compatible with the preview version. This has been known since the preview version first became available. The jury's still out whether or not it will work with the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-24-2015, 11:27 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 565
Posted By captain_video
Right now I'm just exploring my options. I've...

Right now I'm just exploring my options. I've used Win 8.1 and can't stand the UI (it's completely unintuitive for long time Windows users) and I have no expectations that WMC will be included in...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-24-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 565
Posted By captain_video
What's the best alternative to WMC?

I've been using WMC for recording FIOS TV ever since the Ceton InfiniTV 4 was released. With Windows 10 on the horizon and Windows 7 support eventually on the way out, I'd like to explore my options...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-23-2015, 11:22 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 933
Posted By captain_video
All of my DVDs have also been converted to MKV...

All of my DVDs have also been converted to MKV format, but I generally watch them through Windows Media Center or VLC Media Player.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-23-2015, 07:32 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 933
Posted By captain_video
I do care about video quality, but I'm probably...

I do care about video quality, but I'm probably not as anal about it as some people. I have four HTPCs in my house, three of which are only used to watch live TV or kid's shows 95% of the time. The...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-22-2015, 05:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 275
Posted By captain_video
Make sure your CPU fan and cooler are cleared of...

Make sure your CPU fan and cooler are cleared of dust buildup. I've had PCs overheat and shut down just the way you described because dust clogged the cooling fins on the CPU cooler over time.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-21-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 304
Posted By captain_video
True, but there are ways to keep it that preclude...

True, but there are ways to keep it that preclude the need for the original hardware required for playback. I've still got a couple dozen Laserdiscs but I no longer have a LD player. I think every...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-20-2015, 10:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 304
Posted By captain_video
Ten or twenty years from now we'll all be...

Ten or twenty years from now we'll all be watching completely different media anyway so it's a moot point. It's hard to find anyone that still uses a VCR these days and I suspect HD-DVD players will...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-20-2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By captain_video
There are tons of HD-DVD drives available on...

There are tons of HD-DVD drives available on ebay. You can find the external X-Box HD-DVD drives dirt cheap that can easily be connected to a HTPC with the installation of the correct drivers. ...
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   01-19-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 112
Posted By captain_video
Great. What's the promo Code?

Great. What's the promo Code?
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-18-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 933
Posted By captain_video
Yes, that is the correct one. An external drive...

Yes, that is the correct one. An external drive is a good place to store them until you decide on what type of distribution setup you want to use. I don't speak Mac nor do most of us here so I...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-18-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 933
Posted By captain_video
Best recommendation I can give is to completely...

Best recommendation I can give is to completely ignore any articles in the mainstream press that claim to build the "Ultimate HTPC" as they are basically written by PC novices providing filler...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-18-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 459
Posted By captain_video
Absolutely. Gigabyte boards tend to be the best...

Absolutely. Gigabyte boards tend to be the best choice for Hackintoshes as they seem to be the most widely supported. FWIW, I built one years ago and barely touched it. I have since retired it and...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-15-2015, 10:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 194
Posted By captain_video
You should be able to adjust the screen size to...

You should be able to adjust the screen size to get rid of the overscan using the Intel HD Graphics utility in the task bar. Right click on the icon and select Graphics Properties or something to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-15-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 154
Posted By captain_video
True, but do you even need a cablecard to do...

True, but do you even need a cablecard to do that? This change eliminates the errors associated with incorrect flagging of channels due to a missing CCI flag.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-15-2015, 05:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 154
Posted By captain_video
Cable Labs changes OCUR specification

Saw this article over at The Missing Remote that may be of interest to users of cablecard tuners:
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Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-10-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 415
Posted By captain_video
That won't make the broadcast signal any better...

That won't make the broadcast signal any better than Blu-Ray. The same limitations still apply with respect to resolution.
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