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post #11 of 21
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Thanks for the info. I'll check it out. Any comments on the TV tuner?
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What is our source for TV signal?
Clear QAM is pretty much useless, it is just local digital channels for most cable systems and does nothing for OTA or satellite.
ATSC is the free OTA local channels. I get 60+ digital channels on a regular antenna (of which I only actually watch 12-13). Really good picture on the HD broadcasts though.
NTSC, will allow SD viewing through a cable or satellite box.
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I'm gonna be using the tuner for satellite recording, is fine. It's gonna be played on a older 52 inch 720p.
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So you realize that you will have to manually change the channel on the sat box correct? Or you will need to get some type of ir blaster on your pc that you stick on to your sat tuner to change channels.
Pretty much your tuner will act as a vcr only record what is currently on and can not change channels or anything like that.
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So you realize that you will have to manually change the channel on the sat box correct? Or you will need to get some type of ir blaster on your pc that you stick on to your sat tuner to change channels.
Pretty much your tuner will act as a vcr only record what is currently on and can not change channels or anything like that.
That's what I thought. I don't think it's going to be a big deal. Blaster? Are you talking about the IR that comes with: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815116057
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Yup that looks like it, not sure how to set them up to be honest though. I think when you tell media center to tune to like channel 143 it will output 143 to the blaster which is stickied onto your Sat receiver.
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AFAIK the only way to do it with some sort of usb ir device like the iguana works stuff. In addition you would have to get some ir eyes to be stuck to the cable box. The idea being that you press button x on the remote which goes to the usb ir dongle which pass's the signal to the ir eye stuck on the receiver.

There maybe other ways to do it but that defiantly works as it is what the ClickView Live does to control any dvd players/sky boxes connected to it.
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AFAIK the only way to do it with some sort of usb ir device like the iguana works stuff. In addition you would have to get some ir eyes to be stuck to the cable box. The idea being that you press button x on the remote which goes to the usb ir dongle which pass's the signal to the ir eye stuck on the receiver.

There maybe other ways to do it but that defiantly works as it is what the ClickView Live does to control any dvd players/sky boxes connected to it.
not that hard when the tuner you buy is built to do it, like has an ir blaster.

Find stuff on the Hauppage HD PVR or colossus, they are basically the same but made for HD. Should be able to see how hard they are to set up. But I am 90% sure there really isn't any extra stuff to setup, plug and play.
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hd-pvr and colossus have ir blasters; that's pretty nifty didn't realise they did. Would still need to be trained to the remotes of the set top box's however.

Sadly still the issue of having to manually set up recording. If only it was as simple in the US as it was in the UK where we can just stick a couple or coax aerials into our capture cards and have all the channels in the UK worth having (bar like 3). Then when Hauppage hurry up and release some DVD-T2 tuners we'll be able to do the same for HD.
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Ok, so I was looking at TV tuners that had blasters with them and then I came across these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815144019
http://cgi.ebay.com/HP-MCE-IR-Receiv...item4aa9ca1c23
http://cgi.ebay.com/USB-HP-MCE-IR-Re...item4aa9d05795

Can I just add these to my system and then have control of the HTPC and the sat box?

PS: I bought THIS a few days ago. Would this do pretty well as a HTPC? From the page it looks like that's what it was made for.
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Phenom 9500 Abit AN-M2HD Gigabyte HD4350 512MB OCZ Gold 6400 (2x1GB) 
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WD Raptor 300GB openSUSE Corsair CX400 (Seasonic) Apevia X-Qpack (Windowed) 
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