DirecTV QuickHits: Tuner Add-On; PC Video Access; PC Device; HR-PRO

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  1. Jan 7, 2008 #121 of 370
    SledgeHammer

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    If I could put the Tivo software on a PC and use these PC tuners to get back DLB and OTA, I'd for shizzle go for that solution. I dunno how the PC version is going to get reliable guide data though.
     
  2. Jan 7, 2008 #122 of 370
    Drew2k

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    I'm still catching up on the thread, so I don't know if this was asked/answered already, but does the AM21 also support Clear QAM?

    Also, any LEDs on the front of the unit? (The pictures will show this later, for sure... just curious now, though!) :D

    Thanks.
     
  3. Jan 7, 2008 #123 of 370
    Tybio

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    I'm sure the same way the old series-2's could, over the Internet.
     
  4. Jan 7, 2008 #124 of 370
    Lee L

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    I am sure there are a few dozen super bright 1 watt blue LEDS as the current boxes are not quite bright enough to read by. ;)
     
  5. Jan 7, 2008 #125 of 370
    MartyS

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    THanks for the update... don't need media center, but would love to try out ATSC on my HR21 one day!
     
  6. Jan 7, 2008 #126 of 370
    RobertE

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    Red lights that go back and forth like KITT or a Cylon would be cool. Hmmm...Is KITT a Cylon? :scratch:
     
  7. Jan 7, 2008 #127 of 370
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    Will this be limited to LAN or would it work remotely? If I could watch my HR20 from a remote internet link, there would be no need for a Slingbox.

    Of course, it would have to be pretty smart about how it handles low bandwidth connections. I guess that's probably too much to ask.
     
  8. Jan 7, 2008 #128 of 370
    Yogi76

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    Behind price, availability time frame, and whether the device will be available from OEM's only, my next biggest question about the HDPC20 is will there be DRM restrictions on the recorded content? CableCard recordings on Vista Media Center are tightly wrapped with DRM which prevents them from being as useful as NTSC or ATSC recordings. On my current Media Center setup, I can transcode the recording for syncing to a portable device or even transfer the original recording to a laptop. Neither of these options is available with CableCard recordings. Hopefully, DirecTV leaves the Media Center recordings DRM free.

    Yogi
     
  9. Jan 7, 2008 #129 of 370
    phat78boy

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    Yes, but if you had Media Center version you could easily watch TV remotely both in house and on the road. I do it now, thou only cable.
     
  10. Jan 7, 2008 #130 of 370
    xzi

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    Are you using Webguide for this? Just started doing this as well a few months back, and it works great... I'm even doing it with D*. If I click on OTA HD stuff, it pukes, but everything else works very well.
     
  11. Jan 7, 2008 #131 of 370
    rgreenpc

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    Nice setup you have...

    My wife has limited my new server setup... although I am going to be sticking it all in a closet if HD-DVD dies and just have 1 extended and a blu-ray drive in the living room.

    We currently have 2 X360s and a Media Center box made out of an XPS410 with 2 HD OTA tuners and 2 D* boxes feeding into it. I would love to be able to add 2 more D* boxes. I am just wondering if I need to have a seperate network for all this video traffic.
     
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    phat78boy

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    I've been using Orb actually. They do the same thing though.
     
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    Doug Brott

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    There will be more, but here's a shot I snapped as I raced through earlier this morning .. The AM21 is the slim box on top ..

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    kbcrowe

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    It's sad I have to ask this, but could you confirm the HDPC20 is HD and not SD? You would think thats a no brainer but after all the bone headed things D* has done the past few years somebody HAS to ask since you didn't specify.
     
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    Steve

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    You could probably use the recently-announced Nero/TiVo s/w, but better still, MythTV is free and in many ways much more configurable and full-featured. TMS Guide data is available for $20/year from Schedules Direct. /steve
     
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    danman71

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    Any chance you could find out if they are adding the Champaign/Decatur/Springfield IL locals in HD this year?
     
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    Greg Alsobrook

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    nice!! thanks doug
     
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    xzi

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    As long as you're not trying to do wireless, you'll be fine for a while on a 100Mbps network.
     
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    bobnielsen

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    Mythtv is very crudely implemented, at least in the configuration screens, which wouldn't allow me to navigate most of the time (I had to quit and restart it several times). EyeTV on the Mac does a much better job, although it isn't free. EyeTV uses TitanTV for the guide (free).
     
  20. Jan 7, 2008 #140 of 370
    Drew2k

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    Thanks Doug! I see the AM21 suffers from fingerprintitis, just like my beloved HR21! :p
     
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