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Using AM-21 as a tuner for a PC ??

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by jet75080, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. jet75080

    jet75080 Cool Member

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    Hi,
    I have been doing google and here for a possible solution to use the AM-21 on a PC. When I plug it into the usb port of my Win 7 pc it installs the usb protion but says there are no Direct TV USB tuner 1 & 2 drivers. Sooo has anyone messed with this, and come up with a solution. I would like to take this on the road with me to get locals.. This is a $50 box and lots less expensive than some of the other ATAS tuners.
    Thanks!!
     
  2. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    It'll never work without a Directv receiver.
     
  3. curt8403

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    +1
     
  4. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

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    No way.
     
  5. gfrang

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    I think it's possible but after you reverse engineer the tuner write a driver for it would be cheaper to buy a usb tuner for your pc,a lot cheaper and less headache.
     
  6. ffemtreed

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    With the right software driver and video player it would work fine. Unfortunately neither of those exist right now, nor is there really any incentive for anyone to come up with it either.
     
  7. matt

    matt New Member

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    I agree with gfrang. Surely the USB follows standards, which just means it is serial communication. If you had the time and equipment, I am certain you could figure it out, but a USB tuner is so cheap online it wouldn't be worth the effort.
     
  8. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    You should ask DTV customer support for the driver.
     
  9. curt8403

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    Corrected your post. the answer would be :bang
     
  10. Grentz

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    It is completely possible. All it takes is the proper driver.

    Problem is finding/making said driver. DirecTV has no reason to ever put resources towards making one and unless the chips inside are shared in similar PC tuners (they are not to my knowledge) it would be a lot of work that one would have to take on to reverse engineer a driver for it.
     
  11. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    What was "found" were the old leftover drivers for the never completed Dual SAT tuner HDPC-20 USB receiver.
     
  12. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    I have strong feeling that driver for AM21 exist.
     
  13. HDTVsportsfan

    HDTVsportsfan New Member

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    If it does...not outside of DirecTV's hands.
     
  14. jefbal99

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    I'm surprised that a software engineer hasn't opened one of these up and tried to write something.

    It wouldn't shock me at all if DirecTV had a windows driver for the device.
     
  15. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Why?
    Since it wasn't ever planned/designed to be used this way, I see no reason for anyone to spend the time/effort.

    Since what you want it an OTA tuner for a PC, there are many, many of them out there and they're now fairly cheap [and the USB versions are so much smaller than an AM21].
     
  16. Avder

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    I wish the AM21 was as small as some of those tuners.
     
  17. Grentz

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    The AM21 is much better than most (if not all) of those small tuners.

    It has very high quality ATSC tuners in it.
     
  18. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Don't knock all those "small" tuners. Some are gen 5 and work just as well as the AM21.
     
  19. TBlazer07

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    For sure .... I got a Hauppaugh (or however you spell it) WINTV HVR950Q ATSC/QAM USB "stick" HD tuner for $35 NEW and it is remarkable. It was sold packaged as "NERO LIQUID TV." It even came with full featured TiVo software and a TiVo remote to run it for a year free. Once the TiVo year runs out it will work perfectly fine with Windows Media Center. It's about 2" x 4". Of course it's only a single tuner but I assume 2 would work with the proper 3rd party software.
     
  20. Grentz

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    Fair enough, there are some good ones.

    There are a lot of crappy ones though too :lol:
     

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