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How Do I Record DirecTV on my HTPC?

A TechLore "Ask the Experts" Question...

Question:

I have DirectTV (satellite). I want to record shows on my computer. Do i need a TV tuner with more than 125 channels? If so can you give info. Thank you very much.

Answer:

Unfortunately, adding satellite recording to an HTPC isn't quite as easy as with basic cable, since there is no add-in card that sports a DirecTV tuner. The only tuners for DirecTV are the set-top boxes that satellite subscribers are familiar with. Adding a 125 channel TV tuner to an HTPC will only record programs from a terrestrial antenna or basic cable.

Getting to Know Neuros OSD - The Analog to Digital Bridge

...the analog jam is the problem we face when we have content stuck on analog outputs and no convenient way to get it digital. Neuros OSD is a killer solution to that problem... enough so that they should have called it the Neuros AJF (analog jam fixer).

Most of us in the tech biz often find ourselves wading through newer versions of the same hardware - this new HD-DVD player adds this feature, this new game system has more realistic graphics, or this new MP3 player that is supposedly better than the iPod. For the tech nerd like me, the yearning to play with a new device that isn't just a better version of a 10-year old innovation is the reason we exist. Innovations are always coming out, but truly unique devices, like Slingbox or TiVo, don't come around every year.

What's Video On Demand?

Have you been pining away for the “good old days,” wishing you could watch a favorite episode of Happy Days to get your Fonzie fix? Video on Demand (VoD) can help you with that. Miss the Patriots game and wonder whether you’ll catch Bill Belichek violating NFL policy? Video on Demand can help you with that, too!

Getting Video On Demand

So exactly what is video on demand? Video on demand’s a very simple concept: you watch what you want, where you want, and when you want. The key to VoD is simple: it’s virtual, you get the content free or for a fee, and you get to watch it at your leisure.

A Brief Intro to Open Source Software

It's hard to get online and on the internet without hearing about Open source software. It's harder yet to figure out what it is. On one side you hear how it's nothing less than the savior of man, and on the other side, you hear that it's the downfall. All these messages come from people who have some stake in the issue and nobody seems to be looking out for the most important person involved: you.

Well I'm here to tell you, this is a good thing. It's free stuff. And everyone likes free stuff. It's like the opposite of taxes.

Technical Challenges of CCTV On Mobile Phones

One of the most pressing, current issues for the CCTV market is the ability to display live video on mobile phones with professional reliability. There's demand for a solution that would enable users to view cameras installed at home or in their offices on their mobile phone. It's a solution that gives them peace of mind as they can keep an eye on their property remotely, and from almost anywhere.

Comparing Top DVRs on the Market Today

So you’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon and purchase a DVR for your home entertainment system. DVRs are a great piece of technology that help make a busy day a little more relaxing by recording your favorite programs while you’re out. DVR is short for “digital video recorder” but you may have also heard it called “personal video recorder.” Either way, they’re going to make sure you watch the programs you love, at a time that’s convenient for your hectic schedule. The best part is you can do all of it without commercials!

Let’s take a look at few popular brands of DVR systems. Here you will find information on TiVo, ReplayTV, UltimateTV and Open Source DVRs. Knowing the good, the bad and the ugly of all of these brands will help you make a better decision on which one is right for you and your pocketbook.

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TiVo Series 3 or MythTV - Finding the Better Fit

TiVo Series3: Where My TiVo Series3 Fits in My Home Theatre

One of the first signs of developing domesticity is buying a number of items for your place, including your home entertainment system. For a lot of people, being able to invest in a set of equipment designed for this purpose is a meaningful and happy time. Not unlike one’s PC or lap top, your entertainment system becomes individualized on some level.

Two forces seem at work here: budget and desire. At my home we’ve never gone beyond owning the basic stuff: PC, Playstation 2.5, TV, VHS, and a DVD player. Then the TiVo Series 3 came along.

Have Slingbox, Will Travel


When you travel, you can't take your big-screen TV on the road, and most of the time you can't drag your couch with you either. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss all of your favorite programs. Even though you can’t take your TV, Sling Media's Slingbox lets you take your TV shows. With the Slingbox and a laptop, you can watch anything you'd watch on your TV at home. And you can do it anywhere in the world as long as you have a broadband Internet connection.

How Portable is This Thing?

There’s no need to drag it along; the Slingbox itself stays at your home. On the road, you take your laptop to a broadband hot spot (your hotel's wireless access should do nicely), connect to your Slingbox over the internet, and then stream your TV shows to your laptop.

Virtual DVRs - Time-Shifting Without the Box

Virtual DVR isn’t the same as On Demand television. It’s not internet TV, it’s not Joost, and it doesn’t involve a box in your home, so it’s not quite a DVR or a video recording device. It’s also been ruled to be a technology that, when used by cable companies, violates copyright laws.

So What is Virtual DVR, and Why is it So Elusive?

“Bricks and mortar” digital video recorders record the television transmission on the DVR itself, on the hard drive. The renter or owner of the DVR then plays the recorded show on demand. The hard drive has a specific capacity and storage limits.

Virtual DVRs aren't located in the user’s home. The provider of a virtual DVR service, such as a cable company, simply buys servers at locations they specify, and the user selects and records the programs he or she wishes to record—everything is transmitted via broadband through a virtual service.

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