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#26881 6-Oct-2008 17:03
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I know there are DVB-S PVR units available to record Freeview to a hard drive.

What I want to know is do any of these units have AV inputs on them so you can record to the hard drive from another source other than the DVB-S stream?  i.e. can you connect a Sky decoder or VCR?

Or do you have to buy a standard DVD/HDD recorder and connect a Freeview & Sky STB to that?

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  #169480 7-Oct-2008 08:50
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Hi, all of the PVRs I have seen contain no mpeg encoder at all, they all simply stream the selected inbound mpeg streams for the selected programs to disc. Obviously this has the advantage of only a one pass encode and that being a nice shiney expensive one a TVNZ or Canwest etc, not some $5 single chip solution that DVRs use.


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  #169508 7-Oct-2008 10:35
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I run a Hauppauge Nova-s- Plus tv card receiving Freeview . The Sky box is connected direct to my tv and also to the tv card via s-video link . I assign a channel in the Wintv setup to sky svideo link . The Wintv PVR can then be used in the normal way . Sky channels are accessed using the sky remote . Hope this helps 

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