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Ok, context:
Today my dad was talking about buying a computer that had the ability to play TV. They have Direct TV w/ some HD chanels. He stated he wanted to use it so they could record a program while they weren't there (and I'm assuming record one while they are watching something else). Also to watch DVD's, (he didn't mention Blueray), and to hook up a VCR and record some old movies onto dvd's. He said a company like Dell had a computer with the TV capabilities for around $600. I'm skeptical that dell would make something that would allow him to do all this. I told him to let me do some research and see what i could find to build him one for cheaper. The have a HDTV w/ HDMI

Recap:
Has:
HDTV w/ HDMI input (1080p)
Direct TV (satellite)
Want:
Watch and record TV
Record movies from VCR to DVD
Watch DVDs

Here's what I was thinking:
Basic case
small SSD for Operating system (thinking Win7?)
1-3TB WD HDD
I was thinking getting AMD 2 or 3 core APU since they have integrated radeon 6530s
Motherboard with HDMI out.
basic Power supple
DVD read/writer

But What else do I need And is it even possible to do all what he wants? I think I've provided all the info if I didn't I'm sry just let me know and I'll provide it
     
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You will need a PCIe satellite receiver + TV tuner to be able to do all that from the PC.

Edit:

Look this up

http://www.hauppauge.com.sg/site/pro..._colossus.html

http://www.hauppauge.com.sg/site/pro..._internal.html

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Edited by Ken1649 - 10/16/11 at 1:03am
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post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by Ken1649 View Post
You will need a PCIe satellite receiver + TV tuner to be able to do all that from the PC.

Edit:

Look this up

http://www.hauppauge.com.sg/site/pro..._colossus.html

http://www.hauppauge.com.sg/site/pro..._internal.html

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So with that just hook it all up and it should be good? Is there any soft ware I need?

EDIT: they use HDMI from they satelite box to the TV so Instead If sending it to the TV I have it go from the Box to the PC then from the PC to the TV?
Edited by remnant - 10/16/11 at 10:28am
     
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Quote:
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So with that just hook it all up and it should be good? Is there any soft ware I need?
Yes, there is software to install. Take a look at it in this thread http://www.overclock.net/htpc/114362...tpc-setup.html
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just edited and added a question
     
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I don't know how well it would work though. You would need to have the Direct TV box running on the station the whole time unless you used a Cable Card.
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on the station? like the channel they'd want to watch?
     
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Since this is a satellite TV, all of its channel are encrypted (ClearQAM is out). Furthermore I don't think Dish Network and DirectTV ever participated in things called CableCARD. You can use thing like Hauppauge Colossus but that still requires you to run set up box all the time. You also have to worry about HDCP for HDMI. Copyright content cannot be recorded on PC unless you buy a HDCP stripper.

Overall I don't believe there is a TV tuner for satellite TV.
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Since this is a satellite TV, all of its channel are encrypted (ClearQAM is out). Furthermore I don't think Dish Network and DirectTV ever participated in things called CableCARD. You can use thing like Hauppauge Colossus but that still requires you to run set up box all the time. You also have to worry about HDCP for HDMI. Copyright content cannot be recorded on PC unless you buy a HDCP stripper.

Overall I don't believe there is a TV tuner for satellite TV.
Trumpet is a carpenter! (he hit the nail on the head )

You cannot tune satellite TV (legally) with anything except a set-top box provided by DirecTV. They do not make tuner cards that allow you to tune to different channels with the PC.

With that said, your only option is the Colossus linked above, or something similar that will output from the tuner box, through the PC for recording, and finally out to TV from the PC. However, you will still need the satellite box to change channels.
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O thats fine. So I dont need the TV tuner because we'll still be using the DirecTV box?
Edited by remnant - 10/17/11 at 4:55am
     
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