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Hi all, I am interested in building an HTPC that can do the following:


- HDTV tuner (8VSB and hopefully QAM)

- DVD player

- DivX movie player

- PVR functions like a tivo/replayTV


So, I have the following already:

Athlon 1600XP

128MB DDR RAM

80GB Hard drive (will get more room)

Radeon 7500 video card

Asus A7N-266VM micro ATX nForce chipset M/B


I have Dish Network and OTA HD feeds coming in. The Dish Network will be Svideo. I would love to know if there is any combination of cards out there that can record and control the Dish Network box.


Is there a single card that can do this? or would I need to get a HDTV tuner and then get a PVR card of some kind and hook it up to the into of the HDTV tuner.


Any help here would be greatly appreciated.


-Brian
 

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To control your dish stb, one solution would be to get an IR emitter on your PC. A few products have this feature. For instance Slinke, RedRat and UIRT2 (It all depends on your budget and willingness to invest time in making it work).


Most of the HDTV cards in the market have an s-video input and some can even record from this input (AccessDTV is the exception as it doesn't have a way to process composite/s-vhs... but it is also the only card which will give you PVR functions for HD).


If you want good s-video scaling for a low price, you would be better off with a second card which is compatible with dScaler
 
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