Does this Video Card Exist??

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  1. Steven Simon

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    Does a video card exist for DirectTv?? So I could run DirecTV into my PC and use my hard drive as a Tivo???


    Am I dreaming????
     
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    Couldn't you just use a card that has a video in(s video)?

    Brent
     
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    I think he means that he wants to turn his pc into a receiver (i.e. control the channel changes).

    DVB cards may get the job done...but it would take other stuff as well since DirectTV is an encrypted signal.

    Do a google search on DVB sat cards.

    or simply buy a $40 capture card from newegg and pump the receiver into the pc and record that way. It does make scheduled recording near impossible to coordinate though.
     
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    You can use Sage to do it. You will need a capture card and a IR transmitter. Sage can then control the IR transmitter to change the channel, and you run a S-video cable from your directTV box into you capture card.
     
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    But not just any capture card...with Sage you would require a card with hardware encoding...like the PVR-250
     
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    I would like to record Tv shows, then burn them to DVD... What's the best approach with doing this on a CPU?? I don't want to go with a stand alone.

    Any Options???
     
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    Steve,

    Here's the bottom line:

    There is no simple solution as of now. there are no cards that will act as the tuner for DirectTV- so if you're looking to record you're gonna have to use the tuner box itself and just capture the video stream using a capture card (like you would for capturing from a camcorder or VCR tape).

    There is a way to use a capture card, coupled with an IR transmitter to record in a timer method- the computer triggering the Direct TV box to turn on/turn channels when commanded via IR at a specific time (similar to how you used to ahve to do it for recording from a VCR- you had an IR link which would turn on and start the VCR).

    Now you can choose to capture analog stream via SVIDEO- or it might be possible to capture the direct MPEG stream off the box digitally - but you would need to get a SDI modification on the box to pass MPEG SDI- and then get a SDI capture card. If you're not interested in doing so- then you can get an analog capture device and use an app like Sage, as suggested above.

    -Vince
     
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    Thanks Vince....
     

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