Originally Posted by Rexford112
This sounds like the right solution for me. I had thought about doing something similar a couple of years ago but didn't see the need since I already had my four DHG's, which were almost always more than enough to cover what I usually watch (network programming). Of course I didn't foresee that TVGOS support could ever become so unreliable, with outages of several weeks or longer. And, I figured, we were already past the *great digital transition* hump, which I chalked up to a one-time issue that the .21 firmware upgrade was supposed to have alleviated permanently. Silly, naive me!
So, if you don't mind, a couple more questions:
1) How powerful a pc is required to support two (or more!) ATSC tuner cards, vis-a-vis RAM, processing speed, etc.? (Or you could just tell me your specs so I know to purchase something at least as powerful.) It would be nice to regain the TIVO-like dual/multi-tuner functionality without that annoying service fee.
2) What mechanism does Windows Media Center (I assume that's what you mean) utilize for OTA timer recording? I think you get what I'm driving at here: my obvious aim is to have an alternative
to TVGOS, so as NOT
to run into similar problems as the Sony DHG's. No sense spending more money just to still be subject to the same hassles!
This is a DHG thread and we shouldn't take it too far off topic. I'll answer your questions here this time, but, hereafter we should take this conversation elsewhere.
There is a Windows 7 Media Center Thread
on AVSforums already.
I've not been there yet as WMC is very easy to set up and use, but, now that I know it is there, I'll have to check it out. You should to if you are interested in this alternative.
"Out of the box" I know WMC will support 4 tuners and there is a simple hack to allow it to support more. I don't know how much computer resource is required per tuner, but, I don't think it is much. My HTPC is way more powerful than required, although it is a few years old.
MB - ASUS P5Q-EM (Intel G45 chip set with Intel X4500HD integrated graphics)
Intel E8500 @ 3.16GHZ (dual core)
8 GB RAM
64 Bit W7
1 TB Disc (of course you could have larger and multiple)
Intel Performance Scores - CPU 6.6 RAM 6.6 Graphics 4.2 Disk 5.9
I've always used the "Guide" to schedule recordings, but, there is a simple method to set up time&channel recordings.
With the guide, you can select a program to record, set it to record that episode, or the series. If you select series, you can choose to record only new episodes, or new and rerun. You can also select to record on a specific channel/day/time or on any channel/day/time. You can search for a program by name or other attribute and it will show you all matching programs in the guide. If a program isn't currently in the guide, you can still set WMC to record it. Under "Recorded TV/Add Recording/Wishlist or Keyword" you can select to record "All shows with" the exact keyword you enter from a catagory of "Actor Name/Director Name/Movie Title/Program Title/Generic Keyword" and WMC will monitor the guide to record programs that match the criteria.
To record a specific time and channel, you go to the "Recorded TV" menu (where what you've already recorded shows) and select "Add Recording" then "Channel & Time". Here you can enter a channel, whether to record once (on a selected date)/every day/a specific day of the week/multiple specific days of the week, start/stop time, how long to keep (until disc space needed is default), and enter a title for the recording.
WMC can be fully controlled using a remote, I just don't have one for it and find using the KBM better because having the full 1920x1080 desktop displayed on my HDTV bit for bit - I can surf the web or do any other functions there just as if I were at the main display in my home office. (my desktop monitor is a 1920x1080 display as well so I run them in "clone" rather than "extended" desktop).
I also really like using WMC for showing my pictures and home videos to visiting friends.
Something I've wished for (and am now going to go search the W7MC thread for) is to be able to have program start/stop automatically shift when a program starts late as during football season. It should be easily accomplished programatically, but, I don't know if WMC provides a way to.
Sorry to DHG'ers for the long off topic discussion, but, with DHG's TVGOS dying for some, it may be of interest to more people.