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HTPC advice

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Abbs985uk, Jul 2, 2005.

  1. Abbs985uk

    Abbs985uk
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    Been thinking, is there some sort of HTPC setup whereby you can run all connections via HTPC to a PV500? Just thinking that in the long run a HTPC may be cheaper when HD DVDs materialise or Blu Ray.

    Also is it possible to connect Sky to a HTPC and do away with the Digibox? Will it affect picture quality? What kind of Media/Graphics card would enable this sort of versatility? Can you get HDMI connections a HTPC?

    Anyone know of any retailers/sites where I could see what kind of stuff is on the market?

    Thanks in advance guys, I know its all questions at the moment!
     
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    No- you will still need the digibox but can connect it to the HTPC for post processing / recording. Sky do not (AFAIK) do a PC tuner card.

    Depends what type of connection / capture card you use

    You will need an analogue capture card and any graphics card.
    Common connection types are s-video, which give varying mediocre to good results, advanced connection is the Sweetspot RGB capture card whic should give better picture quality.

    Very uncommon, maybe non-existent. Can use a DVI to HDMI adapter though, (I think!).

    http://www.pluggedin.tv/
    www.dabs.com
    www.ebuyer.com
    http://www.mediacomputers.co.uk/
    to name but a few....

    lisa
     

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