Is it possible to use a set top HDTV/SDT tuner and capture the signal? most tv tuners/capture cards only let you capture tv from ntsc w/ a coax input. but could i use an s-video input and capture the video at higher resolutions?
This is a great question and one that I wish someone with knowledge would answer. There are a few people beyond us with a similar question.
I have a Explorer 3100HD (supplied from TWC in NYC) that currently connects to my Tivo via RF out (RF in from the cable in the wall goes into the Explorer box). I could also use the SVideo out of the 3100HD to the Tivo SVideo input, but I don't (mainly because the TWC box only has one set of audio outs that I use them to drive the audio of the HD signal - the Tivo adds delay so I have to use the audio outs of the Tivo for watching the Tivo SVideo out - see below).
The Component outs of the Explorer are connected straight to my Plasma monitor. My Tivo box SVideo out is connected to the Plasma SVideo in.
With the above, I can use Tivo to record all of the non-HD channels (0-6XX).
My question is why can't the capture/tuner cards be used in place of the Tivo box. It is not clear why something like the accessDTV card can't be used. I have been going back and forth with their customer support and I'm getting close to an answer. I hope tomorrow I will know definitively.
If this works, then it would let me do everything I want except record/capture HDTV. I would love to do that, but first thing is to replace the Tivo.
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