Originally Posted by msgohan
I'm still not sure what you mean by subtitles, but I'm assuming European teletext. HDMI doesn't have any provision for sending a separate text stream, which is why the set-top boxes that show captions now have to decode them internally and overlay them onto the image that they output.
The only way to grab them digitally is if you can get the actual compressed streams by another method with the metadata intact (DVB, ATSC).
Thanks again for your informative reply msgohan,
Yes, I do mean something similar to European teletext.
So, the only way to record switchable subtitles is to unlock the encryption through Sat Card which is not a viable option for me.
I'm still thinking between choosing either AVerTV HD DVR or Hauppauge Colossus HD-PVR.
Both of them has it's advantages and disadvantages.
Anyhow, I have other queries if you would allow me.
1- The Satellite Signals are encrypted to prevent non-customers to view the signal. (I assume that both cards doesn't have issues on this side, right?).
2. The recording in the PVR is encrypted for copyright reasons to prevent distribution of Movies/Serials by end users. (Both cards can override this by recording through component video, but only AVerTV can record HDCP through VD workaround, right?).
By the way, I have Component Video from my Sat Box connected to my Panasonic DVD Recorder. I can record from all the HD channels except for two channels that would give me an error message: "copy-protect signal was detected. Cannot record." So I would only benefit from AVerTV card HDMI recording in these two channels.
3- My Sat Box is connected to my Onkyo AVR through HDMI. I'm thinking of getting HDMI splitter (1 input & 2 output) to connect to both my AVR and HTPC (Anyone having the same setup, please confirm to me that this would work, especially with encrypted channels).
4- The HD channels from my Sat Box are only 1080i and the audio is at max Dolby 5.1 (Any differences between both cards when it comes to capturing audio?).
5- Colossus has the advantage of internal processor to decode the captured video, so no CPU overload on my HTPC, right?