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#20578 31-Mar-2008 12:15
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Hi Guys.

I have a question that I've haven't been able to find the information answer from a reliable source. What I want to build is a dvb-t based htpc. I've almost settled on media portal due to its ability to record multiple channels from one multiplex.
My question is with reference to support for multiple dvb-t devices. I see in XP pro, multiple dvb-t adapters are not supported, but they are in MCE 2005. Does windows Vista premium support both

1 - multiple dvb-t devices
2 - recording multiple channels from one multiplex?

the page with this information did not list Vista.

I'm not against using mythtv for this as an alternative, but, I also want the hardware acceleration of the H.264 codec, which I am not aware of being achievable under linux.

I'll be buying a new processor, motherboard, ram and graphics card for this, so the oem version of vista premium is not too much of an additional cost - assuming it allows doing this. Hopefully, other people here would have already done this..

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  #119864 31-Mar-2008 12:18
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with Media Portal server you can record multiple channels per tuner as long as they're from the same transponder. 


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  #119902 31-Mar-2008 13:25
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allstarnz: with Media Portal server you can record multiple channels per tuner as long as they're from the same transponder. 

Which is why I want to know if multiple dvb-t devices are supported under vista premium. I intend to use multiple dvb-t devices(initially 2, perhaps 3 if anything interesting gets added to the 3rd mux) to allow all watched channels (tv1, 2 and 3) to be recorded simultaneously if needed.

There was 1 web site that mentioned that multiple dvb-t tuners are only supported under mce2005, specifically, it stated that multiple dvb-t devices was not supported under xp pro. This same website did not mention any Vista os at all. I'm not sure about the validity of this information, so, I want to know if anyone here has already set this up. It is possable that the information was just posting old information, but, I can't find it again, so I'm asking here.


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  #119931 31-Mar-2008 15:05
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Dolsen,  I think those references are in relation to what MCE is capable of supporting rather than the operating system. I have an HVR4000 PCI card (which has a DVB-T tuner) in my Windows XP based TV server. I also have an HVR900 USB DVB-T tuner and Media Portal quite happily accepts both the HVR4000 card and the HVR900 providing two DVB-T sources. I have never tried two DVB-T PCI cards, but I see no reason why they would not work using Media Portal.
Cheers Mike

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  #119962 31-Mar-2008 16:47
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As above, those are the limitations of Windows Media Centre which is just plain useless when it comes to NZ freeview playing and flexibility.

I think MythTV, GBPVR and Mediaportal all support those features, but im not sure.

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  #119989 31-Mar-2008 18:25
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Ive got 2 ASUS P7131 Hybrids and a PVR150 in my Mediaportal comp.  Ive had it recording 6 channels at once before so you can definately have multipule ones - just expect to have your hard drive going like crazy :D..

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