Originally Posted by jmsnyc
Before I make the switch, I have some noobie questions -
1. Will MP support all 4 tuners?
2. Switching to MP will cost me $20 a year over WMC to subscribe to Schedules Direct. Does SD solve any of the QAM mapping issues or will I still have to add/map manually like I did in WMC ?
1. I'm running MP with an ATi HDTV-Wonder, Hauppauge PVR-1600 (and its remote), and the AVermedia Duet. All is well! I can record 4 ATSC at once and also capture an A/V stream from an S-Video source (like my DirecTV) using the analog section of the Hauppauge! I'm not sure whether MP has a limit to the quantity of tuners it can support but its scheduling and conflict management is rough - it starts at the highest priority tuner and bumps along until it can find a free one to use, no intelligence, no preplanning like some others... that's why I have 4 available in my system.
2. While you can use SD and it is easy to get going, I have no experience with the QAM tuning - no cable here. I'm OTA on this system and have DirecTV as my "premium" subscription for ESPN, TRu, CNN and all the usual suspects. Just this year I dropped SD in favor of using mc2xml
and the XMLTV plug-in included in the MP 1.1's configuration application to read the data file into MPs database. I'd suggest using SD is less confusing than what I'm doing, but for my OTA it pulls their schedules just fine from the microsoft website for free! As far as your QAM - I think the tuners tune ClearQAM just fine (inside TV-Server), although just how much you have to do to correlate a SD to them I can't say.