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Sky to PC

Discussion in 'Digital TV & Video Players & Recorders' started by 123456, Sep 5, 2004.

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    Whats the best way to go about recording Sky programs to your PC? I have seen TV tuner cards so far but nothing else, would anyone be able to give me more info on that or any other option please?
     
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    I use a Haupauge PVR250 PCI to record SKY from coax RF output but picture quality is not really suitable for widescreen, presumably losses in the MPEG coder and A/Ds. This may be as good as PCI it gets, I think most PVR's use the same chipset. A half hour programme gives a 300 MByte file. USB1 tuners are grainy, low pixel count and pretty hopeless, suitable for postage stamp size picture only, don't know about USB2. I am playing about with first recording on RW discs on a DVD recorder which is super quality, then transferring to PC HD but don't know the best way to do it yet. Plus the files will be huge. A SKY+ box with HD might be a possibility for an intermediate digital recorder but getting the digits out may be a problem.

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    The only practical way to get SKY's encrypted channels onto a PC is via the digibox analogue outputs into an internal PC capture card or external capture device using the PC for storage of the video/audio.
    If you go for a capture card you will need a fairly powerful PC, an external capture device connected via USB takes much of the load off the CPU but you still require plenty of HD space on a fast drive.

    Setting aside the PC as a capture device then a standalone DVD recorder with or without a Hard Drive would be quite capable of recording the programming and then simply taking the resulting DVD and putting into the PC and copying to the hard drive.
     

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