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I am either going to sell this stuff http://www.overclock.net/appraisals/...up-system.html Or turn it into an htpc. The questions are:

What Tv tuners are best for a reasonable price?
Is there anyway to make it work with DirectV?

Is there anything else I should know going in to this with zero knowledge? Please throw out there anything I should know.
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Originally Posted by lemans81 View Post
I am either going to sell this stuff http://www.overclock.net/appraisals/...up-system.html Or turn it into an htpc. The questions are:

What Tv tuners are best for a reasonable price?
Is there anyway to make it work with DirectV?

Is there anything else I should know going in to this with zero knowledge? Please throw out there anything I should know.
I am also thinking about a HTPC setup...please help?
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I am guessing this isn't the place for htpc questions?
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Sucks when noone gives a good answer to your threads, I get that too. Wish i could help you, but I am not entirely sure about satellite compatible tuners.

My HTPC just runs GameEX as its shell with all the console emulators and a few regular PC games. If you still enjoy some old console games once in a while it may be an idea for ya.
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I have directTV and the easiest way to set it up is to connect the actually tv(computer) to channel 3 then change the channels through the box

and i have the happauge 1600
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I have directTV and the easiest way to set it up is to connect the actually tv(computer) to channel 3 then change the channels through the box

and i have the happauge 1600
Is that a good card?
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If you're into FTA I'd look into getting a DVB card
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If you're into FTA I'd look into getting a DVB card
Ok now understand that I have no clue what I am doing on this, so what is FTA and DVB?
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FTA is Free To Air satellite broadcasts. FTA signals exist all over the world, including the US. It is much more popular in Europe, however. FTA signals usually consist of religious broadcasts, public broadcasts, foreign language broadcasts, and occasionally local news broadcasts. A DVB card will allow you to receive FTA signals directly using your computer. If you want to receive subscription satellite signals, such as Dish Network, or DirectTV, you'll have to use a regular cable tuner with an IR blaster along with your satellite reciever. The IR blaster is a little IR transmitter that allows your computer to change channels, and control your satellite reciever. This is because subscription satellite signals are encrypted, and you need the box to decrypt this. I've heard it is possible to decode the signal with software, or a softcam, so that you can receive the subscription signal directly with your computer without the need for a box, but I don't believe it is legal to do so. As far as brands go, Hauppauge is probably the most popular brand out there for tv tuner cards... whatever model you get, make sure you get one with on-board mpeg encoding, this will help relieve your cpu from performing this task when recording live tv.
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FTA is Free To Air satellite broadcasts. FTA signals exist all over the world, including the US. It is much more popular in Europe, however. FTA signals usually consist of religious broadcasts, public broadcasts, foreign language broadcasts, and occasionally local news broadcasts. A DVB card will allow you to receive FTA signals directly using your computer. If you want to receive subscription satellite signals, such as Dish Network, or DirectTV, you'll have to use a regular cable tuner with an IR blaster along with your satellite reciever. The IR blaster is a little IR transmitter that allows your computer to change channels, and control your satellite reciever. This is because subscription satellite signals are encrypted, and you need the box to decrypt this. I've heard it is possible to decode the signal with software, or a softcam, so that you can receive the subscription signal directly with your computer without the need for a box, but I don't believe it is legal to do so. As far as brands go, Hauppauge is probably the most popular brand out there for tv tuner cards... whatever model you get, make sure you get one with on-board mpeg encoding, this will help relieve your cpu from performing this task when recording live tv.
Plus rep, thank you for your post.
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