Originally Posted by pacofortacos
Hauppauge HD-PVR works well. It isn't it's fault the comcast box is messed up
Are you sure you can't choose which output to turn on, either component or hdmi but only one at a time?
Not entirely sure but I've read that in a couple places now (Amazon reviews and the motorola dcx forum here, if I remember right). I suppose I could just buy the thing from Best Buy to try it myself and return it if it doesn't work. What I'd really love to be able to do is use the component out on my AV receiver (Marantz NR1402) at the same time the HDMI out is connected to the TV to capture input from other sources besides the STB (like if I'm streaming something on the blu ray player). But I can't imagine that's possible since theoretically you could pirate anything that way. (I recognize a lot if not most of the content in any format is going to be copy protected somehow and I'm fine with that.) So something just for TV that works with the STB would be fine. I just don't want it to replace the DVR and then not be able to watch shows as they are recording (sports especially, which I always DVR to fast forward through the commercials). I want something that's designed to press play on the DVR recording and record on the recorder at the same time and viola, digital recording I can move to my PC. For as little as I'd use it (recording maybe a series or 2 + a few games a year -- especially if my Giants go back to the World Series again) I wouldn't even need a remote for the thing. Just stand there, press play/record at the same time and stop when it's done.
My understanding is that Tivo desktop software lets you save your DVR recordings to PC if I wanted to swap out my STB for a Tivo but from what I've read it doesn't save to a format that I could then play back through my DLNA blu ray player which defeats the purpose since the goal is not to be able to watch stuff on the computer but to be able to play it back again on the TV. And I know I could also get a Tivo with a huge hard drive that I'd probably never fill up but I don't want the stuff I save to be tied only to one box or one service. Same reason I don't buy movies on VUDU: if I only "own" something as long as a VUDU or a Tivo stays in business and allows me to play it back through their service, then I don't really own it.
I don't know. The more I've been reading it might be that Tivo is a better option than a Hauppauge PVR or something like it. If I can just figure out how to convert the stuff it lets me save to PC into a format that I can then play back through DLNA, that might be the easier solution. Plus I wouldn't mind getting the lifetime service and saving money after 3-4 years from what Comcast charges for their DVR service. So if anyone out there has experience using the Tivo desktop software to record to their PC I'd love to hear any feedback on how that works too. Thanks.