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Topic # 13623 20-May-2007 23:08
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Hi folks,

I was wondering if anyone had set up Vista MCE with a tuner card and used the line in function successfully.  Due to the limited channels available on a tuner, I was hoping to run my Sky output into the line in and control this via an Xbox 360 running as an extender.

Does anyone know if the line in will be available in MC?  I used to record Sky via firewire (Sky composite -> digital vid cam 1349 -> PC), but I cannot seem to get the Media Centre to recognise firewire as a source.

I don't want to go and purchase a tuner card if it isn't going to solve my problem...

Any input appreciated.

Cheers, Jason.

(I originally posted this in the Windows forum, but after 40+ views and no responses, I though this may be a better suited audience for the question.)

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  Reply # 71437 21-May-2007 00:11
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Media center needs a hardware mpeg encoder to see it as a source. There are some cards that apparantly fake it out into thinking its a hardware encoder, but I havent tried any of them since mythtv is a better option for me.

The pvr-150 is so cheap now that it makes no sense to mess around with the cheaper ones that may be dodgey software encoders.

And yes, it will work in MCE.  




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  Reply # 71507 21-May-2007 14:24
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Excellent.  Thanks for this - I was thinking of going for one of the PVR models, anyway.  Maybe have a play with the satellite settings later on.  Wish Sky would come up with some sort of (licenced!) software you can have to decode their satellite stations on the PC...

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  Reply # 71511 21-May-2007 14:45
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jase250: Excellent.  Thanks for this - I was thinking of going for one of the PVR models, anyway.  Maybe have a play with the satellite settings later on.  Wish Sky would come up with some sort of (licenced!) software you can have to decode their satellite stations on the PC...


You couldn't decode Sky with software. With many satellite TV services around the world it's possible to use a DVB-S card with CAM module to put your smart card into allowing you to watch encrypted video. Unfortunately this won't work with Sky's current encryption method.


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  Reply # 71523 21-May-2007 16:56
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Hi, I'm quite new to this, I have an Xbox 360 in my bedroom and the PC in the loung will be getting Vista Home Premium in a couple of weeks. I have a wired ethernet connection to the 360 from the PC, so in order to record TV via the 360 all I need is a TV card? Or is there other stuff I would need to do?

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