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darcilicious
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reply to dogma

Re: Need El Cheapo DVR suggestions

If using Windows Media Center is an option (free in Windows 7 and Vista), then an external ATSC (over-the-air, not "off air", btw) tuner will do the trick (»www.hauppauge.com/site/products/···nal.html).

There are other PVR programs that run on computers, if those are of interest, I can post a few pointers.

Otherwise, what you're looking for is an ATSC tuner/recorder and I don't that there is such a critter. Moxie used to do this I believe but they no longer sell/support consumer installations IIRC.

Also, there's almost always the issue of a monthly fee because there needs to be a guide for any decent way to schedule recordings and guide data costs $$.



darcilicious
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Not cheap but this is the kind of box what you're looking for:
»www.channelmasterstore.com/HD_DV···7400.htm

No monthly guide charge though, I don't think.



dogma
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said by darcilicious:

>Channel Master TV CM 7400

Yep, that would be the solution. Thanks! Apparently its a new product and has not made it to eBay yet.

With respect to a PVR set up, is there a minimal Atom based or other low cost solution? IOW, if you had to replicate what the Channel Master TV CM 7400 does using a home made solution, would it be possible for about $100? If so, how would you go about doing it?


darcilicious
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said by dogma:

With respect to a PVR set up, is there a minimal Atom based or other low cost solution?

I would use one of the atsc hauppauge tuners (see my first post, I updated it) and try it on one of my Windows computers with Windows Media Center. But I'm not sure if you're asking about buying a new computer as well?


dogma
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Well, if I had to build one, I would like to recycle an old one laying around here. I take it an older dual core with 4GB RAM + SATA2 HD + some PCI card that has an TV coax (HDMI?) out + the hauppauge tuner + a version of windows that supports Media Center would do it?

Is there a [cheap] PCI card that has both a DTV tuner COAX input as well as a COAX/HDMI output?

Also want to say thanks for the help here.

BTW, I do have a old Mini ITX/ATOM CPU based box here that has ONE PCI card slot.


robbin
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said by dogma:

Is there a [cheap] PCI card that has both a DTV tuner COAX input as well as a COAX/HDMI output?

Tuner card is separate from output. You just need a computer with the proper DVI / HDMI output for your monitor (TV) for the output. Tuner card is input only.

Don't try to do this without Windows 7. That's when it started working really well.

djpcraze
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said by robbin:

Don't try to do this without Windows 7. That's when it started working really well.

Why do you say that? Every HTPC I've ever had/do have runs XP. 7 suffers from too much bloat to do HD effectively on older hardware.
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darcilicious
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said by djpcraze:

7 suffers from too much bloat to do HD effectively on older hardware.

Say what?? I highly recommend W7 because of the Microsoft built-in decoders make playback so much better...