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Most Stable Way To Record Unencrypted QAM HDTV?

post #1 of 8
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Hi,

My recording desires are to record unencrypted QAM HDTV for free with some Tivo-like functions.

Why not use OTA signals for HDTV? Because the signals are completely unreliable (I don't know why). I can't position a powered antenna to get NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC all reliably without messing around with the rabbit ears.

How can I accomplish this? I have a DVICO Fusion hdtv 3 gold and fusion 5 usb, and the included software is atrocious. It is highly unstable, and it stutters when recording QAM, to boot. I also must set things manually to record. I can't even use Titan TV or set up a season pass with beyondtv or sagetv. Is there a way to remap the QAM channels so that I can gain some Tivo-like functions with zap2it or beyondtv?

Could anyone please direct me to something that works? I'm actually about to break down and just buy a Tivo :< Don't make me.
post #2 of 8
No.
QAM is done in software on HDTVFusion cards, and therefore you are forced to use their 'atrocious software' to get the job done.

Vista should support QAM cable, but don't hold your breath.
post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by pufftissue View Post

My recording desires are to record unencrypted QAM HDTV for free with some Tivo-like functions.
Could anyone please direct me to something that works?

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=695589
post #4 of 8
How does that help him, the OnAir situation is same - needs its own software to do QAM and its certainly not "free" (since he already owns 2 hdtvfusion cards)
post #5 of 8
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How does that help him, the OnAir situation is same - needs its own software to do QAM and its certainly not "free" (since he already owns 2 hdtvfusion cards)

Because the GT's software isn't "atrocious", and it is almost 100% reliable with unencrypted QAM scheduled recordings... even from TitanTV based events. The only "free" method would be direct firewire capture from your cable co STB, but for many that method doesn't work correctly.
The OnAir products work as advertised, and support is excellent. I do believe you will get a full refund if not happy with their product.
post #6 of 8
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Could someone tell me using the On-Air GT if:
1. I can use Titan TV with QAM unencrypted channels?
2. Or if its included software will allow season pass fucntionality, i.e., record only new episodes so that I can set it and forget it. I don't mean that I can schedule channel 7 at 8 pm every thursday....I mean, I want to see "Grey's Anatomy" at 8 pm and record only new episodes, a la Beyond Tv or similar. So that if Grey's Anatomy is on at 9 pm one week and it's new, the included software will know this.
3. How stable is this thing compared to Dvico's solution? I have nothing else on my computer and the Dvico is not good.
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by pufftissue View Post

Could someone tell me using the On-Air GT if:
Can use Titan TV with QAM unencrypted channels?

Yes, unencrypted QAM... without a doubt. DL the latest software from AutumnWave, It supports TianTV.




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Originally Posted by pufftissue View Post

Could someone tell me using the On-Air GT if:
If its included software will allow season pass fucntionality, i.e., record only new episodes so that I can set it and forget it.

No, not supported.




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Originally Posted by pufftissue View Post

Could someone tell me using the On-Air GT if:
How stable is this thing compared to Dvico's solution? I have nothing else on my computer and the Dvico is not good.

I don't have a Dvico product, but the OnAir is extremely reliable. I'd say it's better than most cable co DVR's.
post #8 of 8
Ran across this over at the SageTV forums... http://www.evo4tv.com/main/default.aspx

Sounds rather interesting...
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