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Hello. I'm new to PVR and have read some articles on it. I'm looking for any suggestions on the easiest way to set up a PVR.

Here's my current setup: Directv and on-air local channels. I have a stereo TV, but I do not have any HDTV or digital receiving equipment (other than DBS). I also have a VCR and DVD player.

What I want to accomplish: Digital recording...most programs I do not archive, only watch. I'm undecided whether I want to burn DVDs or send recorded programs to my VCR.

What I need to know: I've read literature about TIVO, especially the Directv/TIVO receivers. However, I'm not sure that receiver would work for my local, off-the-air, channels. Plus, I do not mind setting up my computer as a PVR. From what I've read about PCs for PVR, I'll have to upgrade my computer in most every respect (or possibly buy a new one). My computer specs: Win95B, 8GB HD, 6XCDROM, 32M RAM, 56KModem. I've found one software that will work with 95B, but I'm not sure about the tuner cards. Having a tuner card that receives stereo is my preference on this issue. Since I don't record more than 4 hours at a time, I'm hoping that my present HD (less than 50 percent in use) will be good enough. I'm registered with TitanTv, so I'm sure the interactive guide will be OK. Plus, I have Debian Linux (Woody) installed on a separate HD. Can anyone clarify whether MythTV is better than any other Windows PVR software? Is an IR cable available that will change my Directv receiver channel while I'm gone?

"The Bottom Line": Based on my information, would it be worth upgrading or purchasing a new PC? Or is the technology still developing to where I might want to wait a few months? I really don't want to pay for the TIVO service if a PC can do the work, and I do not mind learning the in's and out's of setting up the hardware and software in the process.

I appreciate any suggestions offered. j c
post #2 of 7
Make your life simple and get the all in one unit, I myself have a Replay TV unit that is awesome-NO complaints. In fact I have it NEtworked so I can do online to record a show even if IM not home.
post #3 of 7
If you are happy with your current computer, I'd say a dedicated PVR is a no-brainer decision. You can get a unit with years of "free" service for the price of the cheapest upgrade. And dedicated units still offer more than you can get with a computer solution.

On the other hand, if you secretly want to upgrade and are looking for an excuse...
post #4 of 7
Only the DirecTivo or the DISH PVR's have really good PQ, and all but the 501 and 721 from DISH have no fee. Standalones are significantly inferior. PC-based PVR's also fall into that category...they are also not for folks who want a PVR, they are for hobbyists who can enjoy dedicating the time and effort required. If you fall into the latter category, then vaya con Dios, mi amigo.

PVR's have matured. Don't expect that technology to improve drastically in the near future.
post #5 of 7
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Originally posted by TomCat
Only the DirecTivo or the DISH PVR's have really good PQ, and all but the 501 and 721 from DISH have no fee. Standalones are significantly inferior. PC-based PVR's also fall into that category...they are also not for folks who want a PVR, they are for hobbyists who can enjoy dedicating the time and effort required. If you fall into the latter category, then vaya con Dios, mi amigo.

PVR's have matured. Don't expect that technology to improve drastically in the near future.
While that may be true, once all OTA broadcasts are at least digital, if not HDTV, wouldn't the quality increase to about what E* & D* PVRs are today due to a cleaner signal?

I tried an HDTV tuner STB on an analog PC monitor (I it defaulted to 780) and the picture was fantastic! And I didn't even have a good antenna. As we know, with an HDTV signal you'll either have a great picture or none.
post #6 of 7
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Originally posted by restart88
I tried an HDTV tuner STB on an analog PC monitor (I it defaulted to 780) and the picture was fantastic! And I didn't even have a good antenna. As we know, with an HDTV signal you'll either have a great picture or none.
This has been my experience using a Samsung SIR-T165 Hi-def receiver connected to my ReplayTV 5000 series PVR. While not true hi-def, the recording quality is excellent and retains the 16:9 format as well!

Don't rule out standalone PVRs out of hand. I suggest trying one (or more) out and judging with your own eyes.
post #7 of 7
What would a good approach be for someone who has:
BEV HD
XBR950 TV that has OTA HD Tuner
Want to get American feed such as D* or Dish.

So I'm faced with either getting a standalone PVR or a buy the HD DVR/Receiver from BEV and D*.

It would also be nice to be able to plug this into the network via RJ45 and spread the love.

Any thoughts?
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