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I'm a digital "newbie". What do I need to have DISH sattelite viewable on my PC monitor? I am getting DISH sattelite installed in two rooms, and would like one of those hookups to be my PC. I have a new Dell w/ NVIDEA 5200 video card. Monitor is a Dell ultrasharp with digital and analog input. Do I need a separate TV Tuner card? Any other advice or recommendations would be appreciated. :cool:
 

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Do I need a separate TV Tuner card?
Yes. Or one of those Dazzle USB video capture devices. There is no easy (legal?) way to digitally get Dish signals into your PC.


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Don't skimp on a video capture card. You probably won't be happy with the quality of most $50 add-on cards. In my opinion ATI makes some excellent video capture cards in their All-In-Wonder line. I'm using an All-In-Wonder Radeon 9000 Pro with S-video input from my Dish 301, and the picture quality is excellent. The software works well, you can set it up for timed recordings, and you can select the input source (coax, composite, S-Video). I think there are 4 different recording settings for picture quality, with the best being MPEG-2. It would be nice if it had an IR blaster though. You have to leave your satellite receiver turned on the channel you want to record. If you are into gaming the All-In-Wonder 9600 or 9800 would be a better choice than the 9000, but I believe for video capture they all have the same hardware and software features.
 

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But no American Sat provider would authorize such a PC card.


You are stuck either using the S-video input for best quality while passing through your PC, or if you would like to directly hookup the monitor to the receiver (watch Dish OR use the PC) youcan get one of these:
http://www.viewsonic.com/products/co...videobox01.htm


I think the 169time.com solution would let you download archived Sat HDTV from DVHS, but would not be real-time viewing.
 

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Originally posted by psidrum
To view sattelite you need a DVB-S cards like http://www.hauppauge.com/html/dvb_s.htm


or go to Twinhan.com
"though DVB-s is the transmission specification for satellite pay-TV services in North America, such as Direct-TV, neither the WinTV-Nexus nor the WinTV-DVB cannot receive these broadcasts due to proprietary encryption schemes used."


This sounds like the cards cannot be used to view DirecTV or DISH even if you are a subscriber with an access card. Correct?
 
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