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Hi,


First off, I'm sorry, for all the newbie questions I'm going to ask....


I'm currently receiving HD programming from TWC however from what I've read it appears that the only way to record HD programming via HTPC is if it is recevied from an antenna, over the air. Is this correct or did I misunderstand something?


Based on that assumption, I tried to use a Terk 55 antenna and it didn't work at, so does this mean I'm essentially SOL in regards to recording HD programming?


Further if I can't record HD programming is there any benefit to using MyHD as opposed to Hauppauge PVR-350?


Thanks for you time,

Tom
 

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Sergei will be happy to answer this question (for the jillionenth time). ;)
 

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Originally posted by Scotty L
Sergei will be happy to answer this question (for the jillionenth time). ;)
That would be the 6 jillionth time:D


To answer the question there are 3 ways to capture HD currently:

1) OTA HD (ATSC)

2) Cable HD (QAM)

3) Firewire


If OTA doesn't work (not sure what you connected the antenna to), then you may have luck with 2 or 3. 2 will require a capable card (like the Fusion 3 QAM or Sasem USB HDTV), 3 will require you to get a cable box with firewire from your cable co.


2 and 3 are limited to those channels not encrypted or copy protected, that could be all HD channels or none, but common wisdom is not to expect anything but your locals to be "in the clear".


There are no other (practical) ways to capture HD on a PC.
 

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1. Do a search for QAM. There are some HDTV cards/USB devices that support it, but only on UN-ENCRYPTED digital channels.


2. The Haupauge 150/250/350 only record NTSC (Not HD). You can record the SVideo/composite output of your Digital Cable box with one, but it will be standard TV.


3. OTA HD is the easiest way of recording HD content (til next year anyway). But as you have found out, you need a fairly good signal. Digital OTA is not like the standard analog TV. With Digital you either get a signal or you don't, there is no weak fringe reception.


BTW, try something better than that Terk POS! There are internet sites that will tell you what kind of antenna you need (TitanTV.com for one).
 

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Originally posted by stanger89
That would be the 6 jillionth time:D


To answer the question there are 3 ways to capture HD currently:

1) OTA HD (ATSC)

2) Cable HD (QAM)

3) Firewire


If OTA doesn't work (not sure what you connected the antenna to), then you may have luck with 2 or 3. 2 will require a capable card (like the Fusion 3 QAM or Sasem USB HDTV), 3 will require you to get a cable box with firewire from your cable co.


2 and 3 are limited to those channels not encrypted or copy protected, that could be all HD channels or none, but common wisdom is not to expect anything but your locals to be "in the clear".


There are no other (practical) ways to capture HD on a PC.
Thanks for the information, could you please expand on option 3. How does using a firewire connection from my cable box result in the ability to record HD TV, i.e. what other steps/hardware/software is required?


Thanks,

Tom
 

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Do a search in the HDTV recorders forum, there are a couple ways. IIRC a firewire cable is all the HW you need software would be DVHScap (or DTVcap?) or Firebus. Or an Apple SDK if you're running a mac.
 
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