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# 37090 7-Jul-2009 11:53
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I am running Windows 7 with Telstra digital connected via s-video to a HVR-2200. (also using Freeview DVB-T and DVB-S) Although steets ahead of the encoding that the HVR-3000's were capable of via software it still looks somewhat soft when played though the TV.

Ultimately what I want to do is watch all TV though the media centre so that we get a "mysky" type experience being able to pause rewind etc + watching the Freeview HD versions of 1,2 and 3. However as it stands the quality of telstra via the media centre is just not good enough. It looks quite a bit worse then the feed going to the TV direct even though the media centre is getting s-video and the TV is only getting compositeUndecided

So my question is. If anyone is using the PVR-150 card just how good is the capture? Am I expecting too much from analogue capture devices? I know that the 2200 has some technical issues with capture but I don't want to buy a 150 and then find it is not significantly better then the 2200.

Or is there a different card that is more suited?

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  # 231982 7-Jul-2009 12:49
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I run a PVR150 connected to a freeview satellite set top box. XPMCE. I have fiddled with quite a few things but have always ended up a bit disappointed with the output. The picture is not quite as sharp as it could be and the colours look slightly washed out. I'm no expert so i would be interested to hear if this is normal or not. I'm thinking of upgrading to Windows 7 so would be interested in comments re the best combo of video card & tuner card when it comes to acheiving the best output with the least tweaking.

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  # 231991 7-Jul-2009 12:54
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Using PVR-150 to capture SKY via composite scart. I wouldn't rate it as a desirable first option for those channels you can get via DVB-T or DVB-S. However if there are channels that you must have in a HTPC (and sport is it for me), then it's your only real option because the PVR-150 will integrate nicely with whatever PVR software you care to choose, including channel changing of the stb.


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  # 234506 12-Jul-2009 23:19
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I had the same problem as you, with a 2200 so ended up dumping telstra until they sort out their HD solution, maybe 2014?
I wouldn't spend the money on the 150, I believe there'll be very little difference if any

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  # 234913 13-Jul-2009 20:32
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With careful setting of the brightness/contrast and colour controls you can get it looking a lot better, but still will be very soft particually the colours compared with a proper capture.


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