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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 110915 19-Oct-2012 00:46
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New to this site and need help with deciding on a computer purchase.

Also looking at getting a MySky subscription.

The computer is an Acer Aspire Z5771 (PW.SHM02.008) all in one unit. It comes with TV tuner which I have tested and has all the Freeview channels on it once scanned. It has your normal aerial plug and also, both HDMI in and out sockets.

I had a play with the computer and it looks okay for my purpose. In a small flat I want it to be my main TV as well as computer work station media station etc. I has a bluray player is touch screen and HD compatible. When I tested I could record Freeview through Windows MediaCentre but my question is about MySky compatibility.

Would this unit be MySky compatibible i.e. a straight plug in and use with an HDMI cable?

If it is could I record stuff from sky directly to my hard drive over and above the normal MySky feature.

The sales dude reckons I could, but he looked like a shady cat and although he offered a good price according to my research, I know he was just pushing for a sale.

Any advice appreciated

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 703314 19-Oct-2012 01:02
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Oh yeah. Actually has a dual TV tuner so don't know if that would affect sky capability.

Sorry guys and girls pretty useless with this sort of stuff.


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  Reply # 703430 19-Oct-2012 11:13
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You won't be able to record sky over HDMI.

Is that HDMI input actually for recording, or does it allow the screen to be a TV as well?
Either way, if it is an HDMI input to the tv tuner / recorder, it won't allow copying of HDCP protected outputs, ie. Sky.

edit: I checked this, and hdmi in is just to use the screen as a TV / monitor for another device.

The TV tuner is 2 x DVB-T (so Freeview|HD)
So, if you use the right software you can pretty much record all of the programing you want (as you can record multiple channels on one tuner if they are on the same stream - of which there are only 3 in NZ)


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  Reply # 703512 19-Oct-2012 14:02
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You won't be able to record Sky on the All in one PC via the HDMI.

The HDMI input lets you plug in other devices and use the All in one PC's screen as a monitor/tv.

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