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I am an long-time ReplayTV user, and finally got a new Pioneer 1150HD. Now I want a NTSC and HDTV recorder/player. I would prefer not to use a closed system that ties me to a particular signal provider. I would like to be able to support signals from two different signal providers. I would like to record two (or more) simultaneous shows. And I would REALLY like automatic commercial skip, though 30 second skip forward, 8 second skip backwards can work for me (but no fast forward/rewind yuck!).

Is Windows Media Center an attractive solution for me?

Besides a Tivo 3, what other solutions are out there?

What would you use, and why?

Is there a better forum for me to be looking in?
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1.) I would like to be able to support signals from two different signal providers.

2.) Is there a better forum for me to be looking in?


1.) Which providers? Satellite is out - only their proprietary DVR's can be used.

If you don't mind paying a fee, the TiVo HD is probably the best choice. No unit will let you use more than one provider at a time, I don't think - other than cable with OTA.


2.) Check the "HDTV Hardware" forum here - that's where the bulk of the pertinent information is.
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I use Beyond TV from SnapStream Media on a PC running Windows Vista with an HDHomeRun from Silicon Dust as my dual HD tuner. It works great for over the air HD recording. I've heard that when it comes to programming the HD quality broadcast over the air is top notch - some the best you'll find.

The HDHomeRun also works with cable, although it only works with clear-QAM (unencrypted) channels.
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I am an long-time ReplayTV user, and finally got a new Pioneer 1150HD. Now I want a NTSC and HDTV recorder/player. I would prefer not to use a closed system that ties me to a particular signal provider. I would like to be able to support signals from two different signal providers. I would like to record two (or more) simultaneous shows. And I would REALLY like automatic commercial skip, though 30 second skip forward, 8 second skip backwards can work for me (but no fast forward/rewind yuck!).

Unfortunately, ReplayTV was the only DVR with Commercial Advance technology, which is what powers the "automatic commercial skip". Their implementation of the technology was horrible; but better than nothing I guess. Sony used the technology in several DVRs, but did not enable the automatic skipping portion. The problem in getting Commercial Advance into other DVRs is that they are somehow all tied with broadcasters (or cable companies who also broadcast commercials).

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Is Windows Media Center an attractive solution for me?

Considering the fact you want HD, a number of tuners and don't want to be tied to a specific brand; YES.

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What would you use, and why?

For now I am still recording in SD, even though I receive beautiful digital pictures off-the-air. The reason is because I am using a Sony DVR and don't mind pushing a button to skip commercials (it knows where the end of the commercial groups are). Eventually I'll make the full move to HD and I am strongly looking at a media center type system. The system I like now is SageTV.
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If your HD source has a component output, this device will enable recording from it to a PC:

http://hauppauge.com/site/products/hd_pvr.html
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