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  Reply # 158850 22-Aug-2008 07:50
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Thanks for that!

Media Portal is a bit of a pain to set up! Also, I don't have a remote (I'm planning on using a wireless keyboard/mouse as I'll still surf the web/play games on this pc too) and Media Portal seems to be geared towards remotes. I can use it but it's a bit painful. Is a remote absolutely needed? Are there plug-ins for Media Portal that make the UI more user-friendly? (I'm almost tempted to just forget about HD and use Media Center, haha!)

Anyway, I got one of the two analog cards set up. It turns out that theres something wrong with the rooftop aerial at the place I'm living at for the next 2 1/2 months. It gives a worse signal than rabbit's ears. Out of interest, how strong does a signal need to be to get Freeview HD? I'm getting fairly decent analog reception with rabbit's ears on TV 2, 3, and C4 (One is pretty terrible).

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  Reply # 158863 22-Aug-2008 08:56
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Freeview HD is UHF so you need a UHF antenna.  If you get good reception of Prime or Maori TV you'll be able to tune in Freeview HD.

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  Reply # 158865 22-Aug-2008 09:01
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You might need something like this:  http://www.dse.co.nz/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/48add69b10043988273fc0a87f3b06ef/Product/View/L0040

House we moved into requires the antenna to be amplified but either the previous owners didn't have one (poossibly just used Sky) or took it with them.




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  Reply # 158906 22-Aug-2008 11:10
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Cheers for all the help - it has been extremely useful!

Are regular rabbits ears UHF? I'm not sure of the difference between UHF and the alternative. Do they just pick up different frequencies?

I think I did pick up a weak analogue signal for Maori TV with the rabbit's ears. When I tried to tune into HD though, it couldn't find a signal. As it went through all the signal presets it acquired varying levels of signal strength, but without exception the signal *quality* was at zero. Is this what you'd expect to see, and does it sound likely that boosting the rabbit's ears signal would help?

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  Reply # 158958 22-Aug-2008 14:12
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As rough guide, get a nice clear picture on prime/Maori analog then you should be set for FreeviewHD, I doubt you'll get much on rabbit ears but of course it depends on your location.

A remote is recommend, it is also recommend to keep an HTPC for just that, treat it like any other remote driven SetTopBox with an absolute minimum of software installed, this will provide much smoother sailing!




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  Reply # 159015 22-Aug-2008 17:22
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mcraenz: As rough guide, get a nice clear picture on prime/Maori analog then you should be set for FreeviewHD, I doubt you'll get much on rabbit ears but of course it depends on your location.

Our prime/maori signal is disgusting, but freeview seems to work fine. I think its because we have a poorly aligned 91 element which is actually angled upward for some reason.

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  Reply # 159024 22-Aug-2008 18:00
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Hmm surprising, "disgusting" like snowy or lines or ghosting?




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  Reply # 159064 22-Aug-2008 21:29
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Generally crap reception, so its very snowy, the HVR-2200 doesnt pick it up on very sensitive, but the other TV's pick it up but its barely watchable. Te aroha transmitter.



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  Reply # 159132 23-Aug-2008 11:05
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I've discovered the fun of being able to watch TV from my laptop over the wireless network. Only thing I've noticed is that it's a bit laggy on the laptop - sound occasionally cuts out for a few tenths of a second, and video occasionally freezes for about the same amount of time. My laptop is fairly decent - a core2 duo, 3 gigs of ram and an 8600GT (only DDR2 though). Are there any tweaks you'd recommend in order to maximise performance?

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  Reply # 159138 23-Aug-2008 11:49
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So youre streaming from TVServer over wireless? Because streaming uses UDP protocol instead of tcp there is no error correction, if packets are lost in the air they don't get re-sent.






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  Reply # 159141 23-Aug-2008 12:25
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To be honest I'm not sure what the answer to that question is!

I'm setting up a TV server on my desktop using TV Server and SQL Express. Then I'm connecting using Media Portal and SQL Browser. The server name is the name of my desktop computer. Should I be doing it a different way?

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