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    Unhappy HTPC with Digital TV Help Please

    Greetings all, i am on the edge of buying a new system in teh aim of building a HTPC (sky box blown up and bored).

    My aim;
    I want a HiDef HTPC, with PVR function. I want to be able to have a signal from my dish (HD) or maybe two!

    What i know;
    As far as building the system no problem been building since i was 12 (now in my 20s). I no i can choose xp MCE, Vista HP, or run a linux distro (i will choose the latter two tho but would appreciate advice on these)

    What i dont know;
    Digital signal, and channels i am not paying for sky just getting the free channels atm. (just as a note here i dont think i can get DVB although this may just be my tv aerial) so what channels can i get

    Card?
    I have looked at may cards, but struggle to find an ideal one due to the descriptions

    Questions;
    1. What is the best OS for a PVR HTPC?
    2. If i were to subscribe to sky (to get more channels) can i do this on this system?
    3. What card is the best (preferably PCI not PCIe as my wifi card is PCIe) for the following functions;
    • singal or dual channel recordings
    • lots of channels (at least ch 1-5)


    Fingers tired of christmas typing now, cheers in advance and i hope you have all had a merry xmas and hope you all have a great new years and the new year brings good times....

    ....rant ends

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    Re: HTPC with Digital TV Help Please

    1) depends on what your main use is, and how much time you want to put in. i personally use mythtv on linux, some people swear by windows packages
    2) not without a sky box, legally anyway. sky channels are encrypted using a scheme called NDS, and your contract with sky stipulates using their set-top box to decrypt the signal. even if you go with this (and many do), thee's no way to get an unmolested digital unencrypted signal from a sky box - you'd have to capture an analog SD feed from it using a capture card
    3) if you can get dvb-t in your area, go for a tried & trusted card like a nova-t. if you need satellite, a nova-s ought to work (but a card like a technotrend s-1500 would open options for foreign encrypted channels via a licensed decryption card).

    in terms of channels, on dvb-t, you get whatever is broadcast your your nearest multiplex. for satellite, depends on the size and direction of your dish - with a leftover sky minidish, you ought to be able to get all these channels

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    Re: HTPC with Digital TV Help Please

    cheers directhex

    thats really annoying all i want is the expansion and ability to watch channel 4 and 5 without having to flip to terrestrial.

    Just gonna have to get a sky plus box and scrap my idea another fun build was gettin excited about adding another computer to my den.

    any one other ideas or loopholes????

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