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Topic # 14733 18-Jul-2007 00:03
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As requested http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=34&TopicId=13686
I've done a more detailed write up of MediaPortal TV Server & Freeview.Smile

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  Reply # 78566 18-Jul-2007 09:44
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Thank you ! It  makes for inspirational reading, and the whole thing becomes slightly more tempting each day, rather than my Vista MCE Laughing

I was also reading about the new Fusion Vista MCE certified DVB-T cards . . .

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  Reply # 78568 18-Jul-2007 09:51
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PromNZ: Thank you ! It  makes for inspirational reading, and the whole thing becomes slightly more tempting each day, rather than my Vista MCE Laughing


As a full blown PVR Vista MCE is very limited. This will probably change in future with the SP1 and Fiji updates but right now both if you're after a Windows PVR both Media Portal and GB-PVR both offer far superior features. It's kinda whierd how MS didn't put more resources into the application with PVR's becoming very popular now. Even basic things like using another Vista machine as a media extender should have been in the code from day 1 - not a future addon.




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  Reply # 78571 18-Jul-2007 10:00
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Apols for the thread hijack.

Yeah I know Vista MCE is limited compared to other software, it's just that right now it has developed a nice and essential WAF Cool

With a solid EPG working off Haventech, very little live tv is watched now and everything is booked, recorded and watched later. The music networked thru the house hasn't turned out to be as essential as everyone in the family said it would be, but the kids still like sitting in front of their pc's watching old Simpsons episodes while we watch and record other stuff.



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  Reply # 78578 18-Jul-2007 11:35
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Yeah I rekon I've got about 99.9% WAF when everything is working but TV Server is still beta and I tend to like to do and upgrade eveyother day!

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  Reply # 78579 18-Jul-2007 11:53
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great write up.

that would have been so useful about a week ago.

The only thing stopping me using Media Portal was i found my PC wasn't good enough for it.  As it seems to transcode the transport stream, the quality of the feed was really jerky.

If anyone knows how to make it record the TS directly, please let me know.

One thing to add to the writeup.  I tune in TV One and TV2 on v-pol as well (12671 V), that way I can still record off 'Freeview' while using Sky.  Sure the bitrate is lower, but it's better than analogue.



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  Reply # 78582 18-Jul-2007 12:22
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Yeah good tip. I hadn't thought of that. I guess this will be all sorted once Sky goes to H pol.



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  Reply # 78609 18-Jul-2007 13:52
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allstarnz:
The only thing stopping me using Media Portal was i found my PC wasn't good enough for it. As it seems to transcode the transport stream,


How do you mean?

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  Reply # 79992 27-Jul-2007 14:49
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execute22:
allstarnz:
The only thing stopping me using Media Portal was i found my PC wasn't good enough for it. As it seems to transcode the transport stream,


How do you mean?


the picture was all jerky and no good for playback.

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  Reply # 79995 27-Jul-2007 15:05
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allstarnz:
execute22:
allstarnz:
The only thing stopping me using Media Portal was i found my PC wasn't good enough for it. As it seems to transcode the transport stream,


How do you mean?


the picture was all jerky and no good for playback.


What MPEG codec were you using?


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