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HDTV - Satellite 148 – and HTPC  

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Now that Dish has begun the process of turning on HD Satellite 148 I am planning to subscribe to their service. My questions revolve around the integration of the HTPC, the brains of my entire setup, and satellite broadcasts.

1) Any cards out yet allowing me to use the PC as the tuner/controller box for satellite reception? (if not, any about to be released?)
2) If I have to go with a Dish 6000 is there an advantage in piping into the HTPC with the HD stream, or should that go directly to the D-ila?
3) If the HD goes directly to the D-ila, should the standard satellite broadcasts go from the 6000 to the PC for processing by dTV?

I know there is considerable information in the HDTV hardware forum section, but my real concern is integration with the HTPC. That is why I post these questions here.

Regards,
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Thanks for 'bringing it up'. I never did get an answer. Perhaps this time.
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Easiest choice:

HTPC for DVDs (VGA output)
RCA DTC-100 (or equiv) for DirecTV HDTV (VGA output)
Dish model 6000 for DishNetwork HDTV (VGA output)

Harder choice (if you must have recording capability):
HDTV 8VSB/ATSC tuner card in PC (e.g. Telemann HiPix DTV200 or accessDTV card)
with
Discontinued dish network model 5000 and (impossible to find) HDTV 8VSB modulator card.
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