Originally Posted by agoutihead
I would prefer satellite, but sometimes you cant get satellite in all areas, so if possible, I would like a tuner card that would be able to handle both.
Is this not possible?
again HD or SD. that is the question.
IF sd, yes it can do both, as an SD tuner is just a capture tuner really. It'll tune in NTSC SD off of cable, then with a SD sat box, it'll also capture in Svideo or composit SD video from your sat box.
but with Sat there is no way around NOT using a sat tuner box, and then you'll need an IR blaster to change the channels on the sat box.
I guess I'm a little confused, for some reason I thought the TV tuner card replaces the satellite/cable box? So this isnt the case?
nope. Sat and cable boxes "decode" the encrypted digital signals. Specially with sat, each and every single sat channel is digitally encrypted so you'd need a sat box to first tune in, and decode the channel before you can capture it and record it.
with cable tv that is a different story, you CAN sort of replace a cable box, with a htpc, however you can ONLY do that with an ATI cable card tuner. which for the most part only comes with OEM pc's you purchase form manufactures like Dell, Gateway, HP, ect...
before you could ONLY use cable card tuners with OEM pc's but things have recently changed since then. there are "hacks" to get self built htpc's to work with cable card tuners. The problem is finding cable card tuners, ebay is the only place that is reasonably priced and the premium right now for a single cable card tuner is around $200 on ebay.
more info on setting up cable card tuners on diy pc's: http://www.engadgethd.com/2009/05/12...-media-center/
also with cable card tuners you HAVE to use Vista meida center or Windows 7 Media center, it won't work with linux or any other PVR apps.
I have my main feed still go into the receiver box like normal and then daisy chain that to the HTPC?
sort of yes. goes....... coax from wall ====== into set top box ======= svideo or composit out of set top box ======= into SD tuner/capture card.
then you'll still have an IR blaster to control the channel changing from your pc to the set top box.
there is also the HD PVR which will capture in HD video via compoent cables, however if you wanted to use media center, currently that doesn't work.
So what type of cable do I use to connect my HPTC with my satellite/cable receiver if I'm not using coax?
again, you DO NOT WANT coax from the set top box, to your htpc, Svideo first for SD, then composite if you cant do svideo.
and if you do the HD PVR, that is component video from the set top box to the HD PVR box which is a usb box into your htpc.
COAX cable is only going into your STB to get the signal from the provider, but once the STB decodes the signal you don't want coax.
So this HD PVR capture box isnt a PCI card, its an actual separate box/receiver? I guess as long as I can still record HD shows, even if they dont capture in HD, I dont need one of these for now.
nope the HD PVR is an external USB capture box. http://www.geektonic.com/2008/06/hau...irst-look.htmlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YojTzfO6QNQ
so yes the HD PVR is only a capture box that takes in HD video from an HD cable box or HD Sat box, that is it, it does not replace the need for a HD box from your tv provider.
Ahh I understand the dual tuner purpose now. I would like the ability to record one show while I watch another. So a dual tuner is a must also.
if you are doing that with sat tv, you'll need two sat box's for dual setup then. Stuff starts to add up eh?
I love Ubuntu. Love it. Its a work in progress obviously, but thats why I want everything to work in both windows and linux. I'll honestly spend most of my time in Ubuntu once I figure how to code all 4 of my monitors to work.
I can honestly tell you linux just isn't there for HTPC use. specially not for noobs. IF you don't fully know linux, don't even bother. specially the deep deep dives into linux.
The two absolute BEST PVR apps for htpc's, Media center (vista or windows 7) and then SageTV. Those are the ONLY two apps i'd even both recommending. Yes there is MythTV but I can't even tell you if the HD PVR is even support with mythtv or not.
HD PVR is support by SageTV that I can confirm.