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can dish network be hooked into my computer?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by shelly2612, Oct 3, 2006.

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  1. Oct 3, 2006 #1 of 14
    shelly2612

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    Ok, They Are Coming To Hook My Dish Network Up Friday. Question? Can I Hook My Computer To My Dish System?
     
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    Ron Barry

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    The short answer is no if I am reading your question right. There is no way to stream video from you Dish receivers to your computer like you can do with certain TIVOS. There are ways to get video to your computer, but if you are wanting to take video from the net and watch it on your Dish Reciever or Visa Versa by copying files you cannot do that with Dish Receivers.
     
  3. Oct 3, 2006 #3 of 14
    shelly2612

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    i think you answered my question, there is no way to watch my dish network on my computer, oh well thanks anyway
     
  4. Oct 3, 2006 #4 of 14
    Ron Barry

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    No problem.. To follow up. The only way I know to do it is through Slingbox or by using a capture card or depending on receiver using a TV tuner card and feeding it in that way (In theory it should work). There is no way to use something like a ethernet port and accomplish it that way.

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  5. Oct 3, 2006 #5 of 14
    cdickers

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    Like the previous post stated; you can use a Slingbox. I use it a lot. The new Slingbox AV which came out this week can get some really good bitrates over a LAN and decent bitrates over the Internet.
     
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    Jim5506

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    There is a modification called R5000 which if applied to an owned 211 or 622 will allow you to stream the satellite signal to a computer hard drive via USB 2.0 connection.

    It costs about $550.
     
  7. Oct 3, 2006 #7 of 14
    dartonviper

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    Or if you are just wanting to use your monitor for a tv you can get a tuner card. I have done several installs like that.
     
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    Jim5506

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    But that tuner will only see OTA broadcasts - NO satellite.
     
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    Dave Rowe

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    You can hook up your Dishnetwork to a computer, but the computer has to have TV viewing ability. Check out WINTV and their assortment of products. You can go basic or you can make your computer HDTV compatable (if you have a HD compatable monitor). Once you install the card you can watch TV in a window while you do other computer stuff or use your entire monitor as a TV. Your WINTV card will have a cable IN attachment just like any TV would. I have mine set up this way.
     
  10. Ron Barry

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    Well if you have a 622, wouldn't one be able to view what is on the home distribution network?
     
  11. mikeyinokc

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    Not neccessarily true. On my 622 I have the the tv2 output cable split and sending the signal to two tv's and my computer. My computer has a tv tuner card. Obviously you won't receive the satellite signal going directly from the dish to the computer.
     
  12. Ron Barry

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    Ok.. so the short answer of No is really not that short because there are definitely ways of getting the receivers outputs into a computer by the typicall ways. TV tuner card etc. Based on the OP poster, I think they were looking for a network connection type of way similar to what TIVO offers.

    Looks like we covered the bases here.
     
  13. idlehands

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    You can connect dishnet to your computer easily. The procedure is just like hooking up a VCR. You see the RCA or S-Video outports on the dish receiver, connect that to the inputs of your computer's capture card or tv tuner. You have to use your receiver to control the channels though.

    You can also hook it up that way and set up a PVR. Just get a program like SageTV or something that sets that up.
     
  14. psnarula

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    i watch dish network on my computer all the time. i have a 322 dual tuner receiver. tv1 goes to a television and tv2 goes to the tv tuner card in my computer.
     
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