Satellite TV & HCPC

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  1. Shockabuku

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    Hi all. I've got a good spec HCPC running a treat with a Panny AE100, and now I want to add Sky Digital (satellite) into the mix. Any theories on the best way to do this to achieve max pq? I've seen a box by Hauppage (sp?) that connect between the Sky box & the PC (I presume). Is this a decent solution? Failing that, how would I get the signal into the PC? Not using any offboard components as I want to do video recording etc on the PC.

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    I plan to do the same thing, but I need to order Sky first ;-)

    I will be using my IDS Falcon card for video capture (need to get
    a box with S-video output), but I am not sure how to record
    the sound ? I will probably use IUVCR or Showshifter for PVR.

    The Falcon card is supported by D-Scaler, so you can get
    progressive scan TV as well as the PVR functionality.

    Falcon info: http://www.ids-imaging.de/english/falcon.html

    BJ
     
  3. ian_guinan

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    I have succesfully used;

    Sky+ box (inbuilt PVR too)->(svideo out) ->PCTV Rave ->Dscaler ->Supergrace Radeon 64MB SDR ->projector.

    Works nicely, but at any decent screen size even though progressive scan you'll see MPEG artifacts on screen from the compression for Sky.

    The Sky+ box has an inbuilt svideo and optical out, and is around £200 trade to your friendly local Sky installer. Even if you don't want the PVR functions (and won't pay the £10/month fee) then they will still function...I believe the box will still work without its 40GB Maxtor drive and this could be pressed into service for your PC!

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    Thanks for the advice guys. Ian - any idea if you can subscribe to Sky+, get the box but not actually have to subscribe to the Tivo style features? Or will I have to go direct to a local supplier & buy them a beer?
     
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    You can definitely use the Sky+ box without paying for the extra PVR functions, yet still benefit from optical out and s-video. If you decide at a later date you want to go the whole hog, then a call to Sky simply adds an extra £10/month to your bill and adds the functions.

    Would highly recommend the approach of going to your local Sky installer and chatting him round to the idea of supplying you a Sky+ box for an ordinary installation - if you can afford it then get the two wires from your dish to the digibox installed incase you ever do decide to go for the Sky+ functions.

    I'm just considering upgrading the disk in my Sky+ to 120MB to allow 70Hrs recording ;) (not that I'd ever get round to watching it all).

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