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    HDTV Software

    Hi All,

    I have a KWorld DVB-T 100 PCI card that is HDTV ready. Media Center 2005 is pretty rubbish with this card. I have heard that there are several programs out there that will work with this card. Some that can even pick up HDTV channels such as BBC HD.

    I have no clue what the best way forward would be so any help would be appreciated.

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    DVBViewer should work. You'll also need something like CoreAVC too.

    I tried 1 KWorld card (can't recall which one) and it didn't work with BBC HD! A Hauppauge Nebula and Compro did.
    Last edited by BigBry; 27-07-2006 at 07:35 AM.

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    Media Portal perhaps?

    http://www.team-mediaportal.com/

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    Um, there are no HDTV channels on freeview, and won't be any until the analogue channels are switched off. You need satelllite or cable for any sort of HDTV.

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    Unless you're close to Crystal Palace and you might be able to get the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 HD trials!

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    Even if you're next door, you can't pick it up without the right equipment:
    "The DTT HD trial will be a closed technical test available only to the triallists. Londoners with Freeview boxes will see the test channels listed in their onscreen menu, but will not be able to access them. The DTT trial will enable the broadcasters to test technical delivery of HD on Freeview and to understand how the audience values HD programming."

    "London has been chosen for the trial because a low power HD signal there will reach many homes, reaching many potential triallists, without interfering with existing broadcasts. The test signal will use a frequency which is not available for commercial broadcasting. Freeview has no capacity for more national networks, and will not have enough room for national high definition broadcasts until at least switchover when existing analogue signals are switched off." - from the BBC press release.

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    But you can quite happly pick up the HD trials in london if you use a DVB-T card in a PC. The only difference between the trial boxes and real boxes is their ability to decode and display the H.264 HD streams. That is why a regular box will find the chanels, but obviously can't decode ore display them.

    The Nebula DigiTV software can quite happily use these chanels. Any budget DVB-T card is capable of being used with and HDTV broadcast provided the software is capable of decoding and displaying the stream. This is how DVB-T cards have been coming with "HDTV ready" stickers etc for years

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    I see there's a huge thread on the topic here. My aerial is pointing at Ally Pally, so I haven't bothered trying.

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    OK, I'll expand a little on my comment earlier. As charleski has pointed out anyone has a chance they may be able to access the BBC HD (and others) Freeview trials if you're in range of Crystal Palace.

    You need a card that works and as I mentioned earlier a Kworld card I tried didn't work, but a Compro T200, Nebula and a Leadtek (sorry I haven't tried the Hauppauge yet) did. I'm trying the new Hauppauge Nova-T 500 dual tuner over the weekend. An old twinham card I used worked too.

    You need something like DVBViewer and CoreAVC too and some patience. It is a bit of trial and error and won't work for many.

    I'm about 50 km from CP but I've a large aerial.

    Apart from the fine thread charleski mentioned there's some info here too;

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=358960

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