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#21 OFFLINE   MCHuf

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:32 AM

I do have an HTPC and use it quite successfully with everything except satellite tv. I still maintain that's the complicated and expensive part. The capture card isn't bad, but you need a massive hard drive and serious processor to go with it. Add to that a wireless keyboard and mouse. Then you have to control a satellite box via IR and can only access 1 HD tuner per box, so you save nothing money wise by the time you get a second tuner. Stand-alone DVR is much cheaper and easier IMO.


That's because you're using a htpc with a satellite box. The vast majority of people use them with ota/cable. That's what they really are designed for.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:04 AM

The OP asked if this was a good solution with Dish, and I answered no. So we seem to be in agreement there.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:27 AM

The OP asked if this was a good solution with Dish, and I answered no. So we seem to be in agreement there.


HA, the op did ask that! So you're right, I do agree with that. ;)

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:26 PM

The capture card isn't bad, but you need a massive hard drive and serious processor to go with it.



I don't have a capture card (i use OTA + streaming), but the specs of the hauppauge hd-pvr say that is has a built-in encoder. The minimum specs for HD playback, according to them, is dual-core 2.0ghz (that's what i have now). You do need a big hard drive, but those are getting pretty cheap now!


Add to that a wireless keyboard and mouse. Then you have to control a satellite box via IR and can only access 1 HD tuner per box, so you save nothing money wise by the time you get a second tuner. Stand-alone DVR is much cheaper and easier IMO.


I agree; satellite in an HTPC is extremely expensive to get a multi-tuner setup. Not only are you paying $200 per tuner, but you have to pay a monthly fee for each satellite box if you want HD programming.




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