Originally Posted by Skid71
Thanks a ton.
As far as the video card goes, yeah I was preparing for Vista and hopefully the cablecard in addition to HD-DVD/BRD. Thinking of it as "future proofing" but is there really such a thing?
Well if your just running vista alone then hdcp isn't needed. also as of right now the only way you'll get cable card is if you buy a pre-built machine from places like HP and dell.
so the only thing I'd be worried about hdcp is with hd dvd and br dvd but if and only if you have a digital display, if your running compoent cables or vga to your display device then you won't need hdcp as you can still (as of right now) do hd and br dvd without a hdcp video card, but only if your doing analog video.
On the HDCP thing - Through research I was getting conflicting reports (at least to me). Some would say that if a video card had HDMI that meant that it was HDCP compliant, some would disagree. I suppose the point is to make sure the card actually says HDCP compliant.
HDMI and HDCP DO NOT go hand in hand, there are plenty of hdmi cards that are not HDCP compliant.
for a full list of HDCP video cards.
also an article further explaining HDCP and hd and br dvd playback:http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/articl...50aHVzaWFzdA==
Thanks for the info on the extender too. It *was* going to be for a regular x-box. Emphasis on was.
NP, I was disapointed too, oh well.
I've ran the Vista compatibility program and it says that my computer is Vista ready. With a few caveats of course. But I've also read that the cablecard for HD will only be available on (what's the word I'm looking for??) pre-built machines.
Correct. But I am sure someone will figure out a way to buy OEM cable card/OCUR tuners. and be able to run it it on DIY machines but it'll probably be a while before that happens.
I suppose at this point if I want to watch HD programming it's going to be a better video card and adding an Aver MCE A180.
Just rember you don't need a hugely powerfull video card to do HD, I am only runninga Nvidia 6600GT agp and I get OTA hd playback just fine.
One other question. Watching live/recorded tv on the computer is much more "washed-out" than a normal TV. Chroma is off, just basically that washed out type of look.
Would the video card help that?
Possibly changing the tuner card? current - dual angel mpeg (emuzed)
Probably a combo of both. But can't say for sure. I just know that SD cable for me right now looks like crap, thats why i just stick with mostly OTA HD.
I'm getting cable programming through a coax cable to the angel card then watching through MCE.
Extremely glad I found this thread.
yea same here excpet I have two motorola SD cable box's hooked up to my SD tuner cards via Svideo, it gives me a slightly better PQ and allows me to recored the premium content as well.