TheBartender: Patience will prevail, these boys know what they are talking about.
What I don't understand though, is your need/desire to have both Freeview and Sky....its just duplictaing many channels....
If you like sky (which selection is far greater) and plan to keep it, just provide a tuner for that and forget Freeview...
But my point being, no rush, building a perfect HTPC takes time and research to do it properly, and these are the right guys to ask your questions.
munchkin: It's a pity that you don't have Cable (are you in an area that can get TCL service?), what I have done is have the STB terminating at the PVR and then a second feed from a splitter installed before the STB that goes straight to the TV, allowing you to have One/2/3/c4/Prime/Weather/Guide info tuned in to the TV as well as having every other channel available through the PVR.As TheBartender mentioned, building the perfect HTPC takes time and research. There is so much that can go wrong - simply installing the wrong codec can render the machine useless and in need of a complete reinstall. It happens to be a very frustrating yet rewarding path.Have you looked at having multiple Media Center machines and then having the files shared across a home network? This is what I have set up and it allows us to have recorded programmes from two analogue tuners, a digital tuner and Freeview all viewable on the same TV. However, as I said above, I have tuned the TVs in to the FTA signals available on the cable, accomplishing what you want.Have you looked at having a freeview STB hooked up to your TV while having Sky connected to a PVR? while it would mean fiddling with more remotes unless you bought a decent universal one, it also accomplishes what you want.
munchkin: Trust me on this, having to fiddle with MCE to make it work 'correctly' (and not by your standards, someone else's) is a hard and horrible task. Usually the simplest option is the one that works out the best when dealing with a HTPC.I can appreciate that having more than one remote isn't ideal too, but I make the flatmates deal with it.
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munchkin: It's a pity that you don't have Cable (are you in an area that can get TCL service?), what I have done is have the STB terminating at the PVR and then a second feed from a splitter installed before the STB that goes straight to the TV, allowing you to have One/2/3/c4/Prime/Weather/Guide info tuned in to the TV as well as having every other channel available through the PVR...
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System One: PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Intel NUC (C2D) (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Samsung Q80 Atmos soundbar. Google Chromecast, Google Chromecast TV
System Two: Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex
I'm also very interested in RustyGonad's claim that the MCE 2005 hacks will also work with Vista...
Analog tuner quality in the HVR3000 is average - the PVR150 definitely puts out a better tweaked picture - haven't played with the HVR much yet to see if it can be improved, however it looks like its a signal quality thing rather than motion comp or anything like that. My guess is the HVR introduces RF interference into the Analog tuner, using the same aerial on the PVR150 produces a much better result.
For those interested, I have (finally) started that new thread.
It is here: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=34&TopicId=18907