Originally Posted by Zagor
This is doable right now but it is not permitted/legal/approved. No, I am not talking about hacking Directv, I am talking about using your subscribed card in card reader attached to your computer and using a PCI DVB/DSS tuner card to pick-up your signal. The software is not very user friendly and will definately not give you all the options that a STB does but you can definately record the channels you subscribe to your hard drive.
You got a link for that?
Does it do HD?
As for something from a bigger company that may work directly in MCE, this is a precusor to what we want http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/pages/pro...a_hvr4000.html
It does DVB-S2 which is the transmission format DirectTV uses for their new HD service that has locals. It will support subscription channels as well, "* There is no Pay TV reception with WinTV-HVR-4000 today. WinTV-HVR-4000 can receive only free-to-air satellite channels until our Pay TV module (CAM reader) will became available as accessories in 2007."
So when that cam reader comes out to take the smart cards it'll probably be around the same time as the first update to vista's media center and possibly the same time as SP1. That is the time frame for a very user friendly solution.**I reserve the right to be wrong.