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Split TV2 signal to computer?

Discussion in 'ViP612/622/722/722K DVR Support Forum' started by g182237, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. Aug 5, 2007 #1 of 16

    g182237 AllStar

    Sep 10, 2006
    Is it possible to use a cable splitter to split the signal to TV2 to a PC with Media Center? I realize that if it is possible, both TV2 and the PC would have to watch the same thing. Thanks
  2. Aug 5, 2007 #2 of 16

    Lincoln6Echo Godfather

    Jul 11, 2007
    Are you talking about running a cable from the TV2 Out feed from the 622 to the PC? If so, then yeah I guess. I don't see why that wouldn't work.
  3. Aug 5, 2007 #3 of 16

    patmurphey Godfather

    Dec 21, 2006
    That's why they call TV2 Home distribution. You can split it to multiple TVs and/or Media Center tuners. I send TV2 to my Media Center PC and output it to the RGB input on my HDTV so that I can watch SDTV in a window while working on my PC.
  4. Aug 5, 2007 #4 of 16

    mikeyinokc AllStar

    Jan 11, 2006
    Yep, you sure can. I have splitters on my "tv2 output" and send the signal to 3 different tv sets throughout the house. Works great.
  5. Aug 5, 2007 #5 of 16

    g182237 AllStar

    Sep 10, 2006
    Maybe I should clarify what I'm trying to do. First, I took a cable splitter and split the signal for TV2. I plugged the co-ax cable into the back of TV2 and everything works fine. Then, I took the split line and I ran it into the back of my PC which has media center. When I try to configure the signal through media center, I'm asked to choose a TV signal. I am given the follwing choices.
    Chan 2
    Chan 3
    Chan 4
    S-Vid 1
    S-Vid 2
    Comp. Vid 1
    Comp Vid 2
    None of these.

    My TV2 is tuned to Aux CH 73. How do I get it so that I am able to watch TV on my computer? I don't care that both the computer and TV2 will have to watch the same thing...and I have Vista if that makes a difference.

  6. Aug 5, 2007 #6 of 16
    Bill R

    Bill R Hall Of Fame

    Dec 20, 2002
    If you don't want to change your satellite setup you need to run the signal to a VCR (tune to ch. 73) and take the s-video or composite (and audio) signal from it in order to input it to your computer. Choose s-video or composite (whichever you use) in the computer setup.
  7. Aug 5, 2007 #7 of 16

    g182237 AllStar

    Sep 10, 2006
    I don't have an s-vid out on the back of my old VCR. Is there any other way to do it?
  8. Aug 5, 2007 #8 of 16
    Richard King

    Richard King Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
    It would appear to me that you need a different tuner card in the computer that will tune to channel 73. I have the output of one of my Dish receivers feeding my tuner card on a line input though and you might want to try that (comp out on the receiver to comp in on the computer).
  9. Aug 5, 2007 #9 of 16

    ChuckA Hall Of Fame

    Feb 7, 2006
    Or you could get a modulator that takes channel 73 as input and modulates it to output channel 2 or 3.
  10. Bill R

    Bill R Hall Of Fame

    Dec 20, 2002
    Sure. Use the composite video connector (yellow) and the left/right audio (white/red).
  11. dhclaypool

    dhclaypool Mentor

    Oct 29, 2005
    go into Media Center setup and manually add channel 73...
  12. nicedeboy26

    nicedeboy26 Legend

    Jul 27, 2007
    I had my computer setup with my old DVR with Dish. No problems at all.
  13. LJR

    LJR Mentor

    Nov 2, 2005
    I just bought a cheap capture device called "Instant VideoXpress". The TV2 plugs right into it, then a USB port.

    I love being able to watch two football games at the same time. :)
  14. sandrattt

    sandrattt New Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    Here's how I got Vista Media Center to tune chan 73:
    My TV card has 2 coax inputs. I connect to the one that said catv.
    In the TV Signal Setup Menue:
    1. I selected to manually configure my TV signal.
    2. I selected the CABLE as the input.
    3. I answered NO to the question if I had a set-top box.
    4. I said no to the Digital antenna question
    5. Then I selected "Return to TV settings"
    6. I selected live TV, then changed the PC channel manually using the Plus
    key until I got to channel 73 and there was the signal.

    Good luck
  15. fhipper

    fhipper New Member

    Jun 25, 2007
    I'm having the same issue on my new HP computer that has a Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1800 (model 78xxx, combo ATSC/QAM) card as g182237. I tried the work around suggested by sandrattt but it didn't work for me. My TV 2 modulator on the 622 receiver is set for channel 24. There is no way I've found to go into media center and add a channel. My main goal is to watch live satellite TV on my computer via media center. The computer is not in the same room as the 622 and running SVideo/composite cables are not an easy option. We prefer to keep the 622 in dual mode.

    I was able to connect my over the air coax to the computer and after running the media center wizard with the antenna option receive local TV channels. I've updated the latest drivers on the Hauppauge card.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated...
  16. fhipper

    fhipper New Member

    Jun 25, 2007
    I kept playing with the Dish settings until I got it to work. When I changed the DISH modulator for TV2 to cable and channel 73 the picture came in. That's the part I was missing in sandrattt's instructions.

    I'm watching the Skins/Seahawks playoff game on part of the monitor while writing this reply. I like it...

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