I used for the last 18 months one of those 160Gb HDD dvd recorders. The signal was generated by a STB from Optus satellite, for DVB-S freeview channels and fed to it through S-video (the only output from the STB). It gave a certain number of advantages:
- better quality than analogue terestrial signal.
- access to other channels apart from freeview (2 LNBs on the same 65cm dish - lots of info about this everywhere)
The STB can decode the teletext signal and superimpose it on the video signal. That means I can record a movie with subtitle (subtitle cannot be turned off anymore as it is superimposed). When the recording ends, you can (so easily!) edit the recording, by adding "chapter points", like some dividers inside the file which you can skip to, or delete the part in between.
I cannot do any of this on the new htpc setup. There is no teletext on TV3, there is some teletext signal on TV2 but it is actually the subtitle from whatever movie runs on TVNZ6 !! teletext page 801 not really working on TV1 either.
I can get over it, but I would really like to be able to edit the recordings, same way (or simmilar), deleting ads for example. Considering the size of the recordings in HD, every minute you can delete is another 50Mb saved on the HDD. A couple of days ago I recorded 35 minutes (one of the The Simpsons episodes) and ended up with a 2.35Gb file !!! At leats a quarter of it, we all know it, it is ads...
I was reading about HD recordings takink up to 2Gb/hour, but this takes more than double. I do not mind, as I do not intend to store content, just see a show when I have time.
I tried to open the recordings with VLC and I remember getting sound with black screen. i have HD clips in WMV-HD format (720p) downloaded from various sites and I can play them very well in VLC. But when I try to point Powercinema to them, the sound is Ok but the picture is reduced to 3 or 4 colours and badly pixelated.
I guess is something to do with codecs. I will sorted out somehow even if it is not critical.
the remote I got with the Nova-T 500 HD card works OK. Is there any way I can get the mouse moving on the desktop using the same remote, without adding a separate device? A wireless mouse will not really work as their range is not designed to go up to 5-6 m. The IR.exe starts with the computer even if Powercinema is not launched, so I assume another software might be able to use it and give me control of the desktop. At least minimal, like launching applications, navigating through folders, opening a clip or a picture. The windows comes with an on-board keyboard, which might be really handy, allowing you to rename files and stuff like this... And most important, this would allow me to turn the HTPC off without actually getting off the bed and pushing the on/off button. Any ideas how to turn it back on like any other proper appliance with a remote control?