I just want to start by saying that I am a complete noob when it comes to recording shows from TV and HTPC and stuff like this. However I know about PCs and hardware in general, but sadly I dont know much about TVs, tuners, cables and digital vs analogue.
This is my situation, I share with 3 others in a two story rented house. We have a sky decoder in the living room with 1 remote, the house however has tv/antena sockets in the walls of each bedroom so we can watch TV there. We can tune the tv in the bedrooms to pick up the sky reception but can only watch the channel that the decoder in the living room is pointed to.
I would like to be able to record my favourite shows on my home PC for later viewing. Now I dont want to drag my pc to the living room so I thought I would get a card that allows me to connect my pc in my bedroom to the antena that the TV is usually connected to. This way I can get the signal on my pc in my bedroom and just watch it on there and record it if need be. This means of course that no one can change the channel from the living room where the sky decoder is otherwise I wont be able to watch it.
so can yo please tell me what I need to get this happening, is it a video capture card that I need? I dont know the sky decoder that we have but I know that its not hi def and doesnt have a built in hdd recorder.
This recording is going to be analogue I assume but I am not concerned about quality, as its mostly shows that I am going to miss or would like to watch again no movies or anything exciting like that.
Do you have any suggestions on what sort of card I need, inetrnal or USB, accessaries, shoudl I get something with multiple inputs for future proofing? Do I need to get something with a built in Mpeg 2 codec so it deosnt put much stress on my aging CPU and Video card?
AMD S939 opteron 146 OCed 2.5Ghz
Nvidia 7800 GT
2 GB ram
Any advice or recommendations would be apreciated, I would like to know what the options are and what the cost is and I will make a descion from there, I havent decided how much money I want to spend on this but initially I thought as little as possible however if there are significant benefits or future proofing for a little bit of extar $$$ then I would consider it.
Thanks for reading