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# 14136 17-Jun-2007 22:36
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I am looking to build a new HTPC and want PVR functionality. I am a little confused with regards to the correct TV tuner card to buy. If I wanted a card to record Freeview I understand that I would get a DVB-S card. But to record Sky Digital (not Freeview) what type of card is required?

I will be outputing Sky Digital to the HTPC using a SCART to S-Video cable. My HTPC case is low profile. I want to install dual tuners in the HTPC. Can anyone recommend a suitable PCI tuner card using MPEG-2 codec.

My current thought is to buy a pair of Hauppage PVR-150 low profile cards, but I would be grateful for any other recommendations.

I assume that to record using both tuners I will need to split the S-video output from the Skybox. Is this correct? How is the best way to split the S-video cable? Once again, I would be grateful for any suggestions. Thanks

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  # 75146 19-Jun-2007 10:22
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Tankguy:

I will be outputing Sky Digital to the HTPC using a SCART to S-Video cable. My HTPC case is low profile. I want to install dual tuners in the HTPC. Can anyone recommend a suitable PCI tuner card using MPEG-2 codec.

My current thought is to buy a pair of Hauppage PVR-150 low profile cards, but I would be grateful for any other recommendations.

Pete



Pete,
Have you considered the PVR500? I think it has two built in tuners. My understanding is that it also has two analogue video/audio inputs for the outputs from Sky box. Output from my Skybox is analogue- so I am guessing yours would be too.

The PVR500 (depending on where you buyit) works out about the same price as two PVR150 cards - which seems like an untidy option

http://www.hauppauge.com/pages/products/data_pvr500mce.html



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  # 75156 19-Jun-2007 12:34
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Thanks WirelessNZ,

Yes, my preference was for the PVR500 but my case is low profile and I don't think the PVR500 is available as a low profile card. Can anyone confirm this? Hence the only way to achieve the two tuners is via 2 x PVR150.

Thanks for clarifying that the output from the SKY box is in analogue. Am I correct then in that I will need to split the S-video output from the Skybox to feed the two tuners?

 
 
 
 


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  # 75158 19-Jun-2007 12:53
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Tankguy: Am I correct then in that I will need to split the S-video output from the Skybox to feed the two tuners?

What's the point of doing that?

The S-Video output can only carry one channel at a time, so there doesn't seem any point in splitting it.  You would be best to dedicate one of your PVR150 cards to recording Sky, and the other card to recording FreeView channels.

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  # 75169 19-Jun-2007 14:57
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Tankguy: Am I correct then in that I will need to split the S-video output from the Skybox to feed the two tuners?

What's the point of doing that?

The S-Video output can only carry one channel at a time, so there doesn't seem any point in splitting it.  You would be best to dedicate one of your PVR150 cards to recording Sky, and the other card to recording FreeView channels.


I don't hook my MCE to a SKY box so I don't know the answer to this - do you assign a specific tuner card to the set top box?  If so then I can see absolutely no need to split the s-video cable.

I know that if you are recording TV stations then MCE can select either tuner if you have more than one, with one of the tuners being the "preferred" tuner.





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  # 75181 19-Jun-2007 16:23
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Grant17:
Tankguy: Am I correct then in that I will need to split the S-video output from the Skybox to feed the two tuners?

What's the point of doing that?

The S-Video output can only carry one channel at a time, so there doesn't seem any point in splitting it.  You would be best to dedicate one of your PVR150 cards to recording Sky, and the other card to recording FreeView channels.


I have to agree. there is no point having two tuners if you only have one set top box. Your Sky decoder will only ouput one channel at a time so unless you want to have a freeview box or a second sky decoder you might as well just buy a PVR150 or I personally use a TUL (sappire) ATI Theatre 550 card.




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  # 75198 19-Jun-2007 18:51
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Duh!  I guess I hadn't considered the fact that I can only watch one Sky channel at a time so it stands to reason I can only record one channel at a time also.

Unfortunately we receive very poor terrestial service so recording FTA channels has little point. Once Sky & Freeview resolve the polarity issues, I assume I can split the signal coming from my dish and receive Freeview. I assume in order to do this I will need a DVB-S tuner card to act as the set-top box for Freeview? Can digital and analogue tuners co-exist within the Vista MCE environment? I recall reading somewhere that there was issues running two types of tuners concurrently?

Perhaps I would be better to wait until MySky Mk2 is released, with the potential to record 3 channels concurrently?

Thanks for your responses to date.
Pete


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