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    Sky into PC??

    What would be the best (and cheapest) way to get the picture from my Sky box into my PC?

    I want good picture quality (ie not via composite video), is there any kind of device/card which will allow a scart input or is s-video my best bet?

    I want to be able to watch TV either in a window or fullscreen on one of my tfts (in a dual-display setup).

    I currently have a Radeon 9500 non-pro, does this have any video input facilities?

    i will need to be able to display the sky picture at 1280x1024, ideally.

    Also, I will soon be looking to get a new Graphics card, with Dual DVI outputs, for my TFTs..

    Are any of the cards around capable of doing what I need via their VIVO capabilities??

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    best (and cheapest)
    Not a very helpful post, but generally these two words dont go together.
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    haha firstly you will be lucky....


    Not being funny Sky and PCs does not mix well Get a hauupage card and get the right drivers but I suspect you may have sound latecny problems....

    ... Also remember to play around with Macrovision

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    I thought a lot of people set up shuttles as lounge PVRs ?

    Wouldnt that mean theres an easy way to get it to function as a Tivo/Sky+ ?

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    I don't actually need PVR functionality (although it would be nice)...I mainly just want to watch TV...

    Perhaps I should look at getting an LCD TV with a PC input, rather than trying to use my TFT as a TV??

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    Could I not just get a TV tuner card and use the RF output?

    Obviously, the quality wouldn't be as good, but it should be OK on a 17" screen, shouldn't it?

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    s-video (or scart) out on sky box to s-video in on 9500
    audio out on sky box to audio on somewhere on pc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoo
    s-video (or scart) out on sky box to s-video in on 9500
    audio out on sky box to audio on somewhere on pc

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    I did wonder if it was that simple....

    I got the card OEM from retek...will I need a special vivo cable (my old ti4200 had a separate in/out cable) or can I just go s-video to s-video??

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    Quote Originally Posted by chez
    I don't actually need PVR functionality (although it would be nice)...I mainly just want to watch TV...

    Perhaps I should look at getting an LCD TV with a PC input, rather than trying to use my TFT as a TV??
    But PVR allows you to organise your TV watching around your lifestyle, not the other way around

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    Make sure your SKY box supports S-Video out otherwise you will get a grey picture unless you select composite. Even running composite the image isn't all bad but is far, far better with the S-Video. Only a small number of Sky boxes support S-Video.

    Again cheapest way to get it into your PC is to use a TV card with S-Video in or a graphics card with VIVO (which is what I use). David mentioned Marcovision but it is not an issue in this setup and you can record just fine.
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    Marcos - I have Sky+ in my lounge and Kitchen and a standard sky box in my bedroom....this is for the dedicated box in my study

    Walibe - The box is a panasonic, is this likely to support S-Video?

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    Can you find out the exact model number? (Usually on the front)
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    I think it's a DSB30, going on the pics here -

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