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Topic # 57378 11-Feb-2010 15:20
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Hi all,

Quick check, do you need much grunt to record/watch satellite freeview on a computer?
It's Mpeg2 right, like DVD's so I'm hoping it doesn't take much.
What software is available to run under XP though, given it doesn't have media centre natively like say Win 7?

Was thinking HVR3000 or NovaS which are both PCI cards so should easily fit in an older computer.

Appreciate the thoughts.  Cheers.

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  Reply # 297986 11-Feb-2010 15:38
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I had mythtv doing it ages back on an old P4 - should be no reason that windows based software cant do it on similar crappy old hardware.




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  Reply # 297987 11-Feb-2010 15:39
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Yea you're right, don't need much grunt.
If the PC can play DVDs fine then it should be sweet with Freeview DVB-S.
Nova-S would be cheaper than a 3000.
I would use Mediaportal or GB-PVR.




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  Reply # 297990 11-Feb-2010 15:42
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I was using MythTV to record and watch Freeview Satellite on a Pentium III 866 MHz. The only reason I upgraded to my current Celeron 2.4GHz box was that I needed a SATA port to do a harddrive upgrade.

I also used the same box to transcode to and watch MPEG4.





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  Reply # 298016 11-Feb-2010 16:35
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Cheers all, much appreciate the feedback.

I'm after a cheap satellite PVR and there doesn't seem to be anything that cheap that's very good quality/has a decent user interface.  A satellite card might be the cheapest option.
I presume I could get something to serve the recordings out to the PS3 too?  So I could use the computer for booking the shows, and sat would give the full EPG too.

CYaBro: Yea you're right, don't need much grunt.
If the PC can play DVDs fine then it should be sweet with Freeview DVB-S.
Nova-S would be cheaper than a 3000.
I would use Mediaportal or GB-PVR.


I'm in a freeview HD reception area so had thought the 3000 would be a bit of future proofing.
That said, might just add a 2200 dual dvb-T anyway so yeah the nova s would be cheaper.
Especially as you can't use the 3000 tuners simultaneously anyway from what I remember.

I know it's probably been discussed heaps but is there a clear winner between mediaportal and gb-pvr on XP?  (is one kiwi/nz based?)

Cheers all.

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  Reply # 298444 12-Feb-2010 17:10
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Jaxson: ... is there a clear winner between mediaportal and gb-pvr on XP?  (is one kiwi/nz based?)

I'm not sure that there is a clear winner, both have a lot of satisfied users. I've happily used GB-PVR on XP and Vista for a few years, and it would take a lot to persuade me to change - I'm sure you will find a lot of people that say something similar about Mediaportal.

Yes, you are right - GB-PVR is developed by a Kiwi, based in Wellington.

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