Originally posted by RIppolito
I did the HTPC thing for about one year, with good results. I live in Rochester, and since we don't have HDTV for CBS or NBC, I put up an external antenna, got a rotor, and did it the old-fashioned way I built a HTPC because I wanted to record the programming, so a $400 ATSC tuner card / pvr was a great deal. What ATSC tuner card are you using? I have the HiPix card. The tuner is good, recording HDTV to the hard drive works great, and the sound is first rate (AC-3, straight into my Lexicon). I had a TheaterTek software DVD player, scaled the output via the video card to 1280 x 720p, and it looked great.
So why did I give that up? I wanted more HDTV programming, so I bought a Sony satellite receiver. They Sony has a great interface, in that it can switch seamlessly among cable drek, satellite input, or ATSC input. That means channel up / down switch automatically among those three sources, without any video input switching, preamp switching, etc. It means that it's a LOT easier for everyone in the family to use the system.
Thanks for the reply..............I trying this route, first because of cost (or lack of, though $370 isn't cheap). I want to see just what I can expect with HD material on a LCD screen first before I spend $4k on a 'real' set.
It is the MyHD MDP120 card w/ daughterboard. Many problems so far since it is very confusing regarding the 4 different places you can set the resolution and aspect ratio combinations!
I don't understyand why I have to change the aspect ratio between these digital stations running SD material especially WKBW!
The only really halfway decent material so far is the PBS station (WNED)!