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  Reply # 296419 5-Feb-2010 14:39
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CYaBro:
RustyGonad: Its 2010 - analog should be dead and buried.

Two cheap DVB-S tuners, One $50 card reader, and $43 worth of DVBLink TVSource - you could/should cure the problems forever. Let alone getting rid of a mess of decoders, cables, missed channel changes, crappy analog picture, lack of 16:9 support etc etc etc. You've probably wasted twice that in time already trying to cure it...

Nothing in Windows 7 is designed for analog anymore... There's plenty of "stuff" in there designed to protect content which may be causing the issues.


You have to have the correct Sky card for that to work don't you?
Also they have two Sky decoders so will it work with two card readers?


Yes - you need 45XX series card(s).

Yes it will work with two card readers if you want.  You could easily allocate one reader to each tuner.

Or you could just do what everyone else does, and run all the tuners off a single card :)

Believe me (I ran analog using a PVR150 in MCE for a few years as well), once you've set everything up the "digital" way, you will never want to look at another analog system ever again.  The only disadvantage is the learning curve, if your installing customer systems, this would be more of an training investment anyway.



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  Reply # 296429 5-Feb-2010 15:04
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RustyGonad:

Or you could just do what everyone else does, and run all the tuners off a single card :)

Believe me (I ran analog using a PVR150 in MCE for a few years as well), once you've set everything up the "digital" way, you will never want to look at another analog system ever again.  The only disadvantage is the learning curve, if your installing customer systems, this would be more of an training investment anyway.


So you don't need two cards to be able to record two channels at the same time? Or watch one and record another?
Just need two dvb-s cards, one Sky card/subscription and card reader?

Also I assume that because you use dvb-s cards that the EPG comes via that so don't need big screen EPG or anything like that?




 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 296433 5-Feb-2010 15:22
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CYaBro:
RustyGonad:

Or you could just do what everyone else does, and run all the tuners off a single card :)

Believe me (I ran analog using a PVR150 in MCE for a few years as well), once you've set everything up the "digital" way, you will never want to look at another analog system ever again.  The only disadvantage is the learning curve, if your installing customer systems, this would be more of an training investment anyway.


So you don't need two cards to be able to record two channels at the same time? Or watch one and record another?
Just need two dvb-s cards, one Sky card/subscription and card reader?

Also I assume that because you use dvb-s cards that the EPG comes via that so don't need big screen EPG or anything like that?


1.  Correct - anything else I say would be talking about stuff your not aloud to talk about on this forum.  If you check this thread http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=84&topicid=39124 it all gets discussed in more detail, even though its not actually talking about the stuff your not aloud to talk about... It sounds a bit like the forbidden CS word (even though the bit of software you use is called NewCS which stand for NewCoffeeSmell I think), but its not really, because its not talked about that way - so it must be ok.  Anyway - no more talk about that...

2.  BSE still has a bunch of advantages, ie you can "refine" the guide content to include genre, year (for movies, actor, HD tags info etc etc etc.  It also updates the guide across all channels without needing to "watch" that channel - so its still a very very useful bit of software.

The DVBLink guys are currently working on proper EIT EPG support - this may remove the need completely for BSE, by using the EIT streams.  They are working on a request for all channels to carry the complete EIT stream, which means the guide stays updated.  At the moment they just pass through the basic EIT info (ie no genres, which means no colour coding).  You have to watch every channel once a week or the guide doesn't get updated.


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