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TV Tuner / DVB Satellite Card

  1. Mar 14, 2009 #1
    I want to watch TV on my computer because it is more convenient than watching in my living room. I have been looking at TV Tuners for a while and recently found an article (over 2 years old) on i-hacked.com (http://www.i-hacked.com/content/view/244/1/" [Broken]).
    Should I buy card off of ebay like they say or would it be better to buy a TV Tuner card like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116011&Tpk=dvb satellite card". If I buy the one from newegg how would I connect it to the satellite dish (I have Directv). I really don't want to download a bunch of software and spend a lot of time setting this up.
     
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  3. Mar 14, 2009 #2

    russ_watters

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    As the article says, there are legal issues there - it is probably illegal to hack the satellite signal. That means your best (legal) bet is to buy an off-the-shelf card and connectet to your satellite dish the same way you connect any other tv in your house: through a DirecTV receiver/decoder box.
     
  4. Mar 14, 2009 #3
    But if I'm paying for the satellite it's not like I'm stealing or hacking a signal. If I use a card like the one form newegg, do I need to connect another box for the satellite or can I connect straight to my computer somehow?
     
  5. Mar 15, 2009 #4

    jtbell

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    In many (most?) parts of the world, you can buy third-party satellite receivers, either as standalone boxes or as PC cards or USB dongles, etc. In the USA, as far as I know, if you want DirecTV or Dish (Echostar) service, you must buy or lease one of their proprietary receivers. There are activation mechanisms that enforce this.

    Disclaimer: I do not have satellite service myself; I get my TV over-the-air (terrestrial broadcast) only. I'm just going by what I've gleaned on specialist forums such as avsforum.com.
     
  6. Mar 15, 2009 #5
    I have DirecTV, and I view it on my PC with a ATI All-In-Wonder graphics card.
    The signal path is Dish->DirecTV receiver->PC. It's no different than connecting the DirecTV receiver to a television.
    Now, this is for "standard definition", not HDTV. I've been told that HDTV cable boxes have FireWire ports that permit direct connection to a computer. I have not verified this.
     
  7. Mar 16, 2009 #6
    Hook your computer up to DirecTV.


    It is possible to connect your computer up to DirecTV!

    Requirements:
    * Subscription to DirecTV
    * Computer
    * Windows XP media center
    * DVD Express-DX2 converter box
    * Composite video cables
    * USB cord

    Step1:
    Plug the composite cables (red, yellow, and white) into the back of your DirecTV DVR. The color of each cable
    will correspond with the color on the DVR.

    Step2:
    Connect the opposite end of your composite cables to the DVD Express-DX2 converter box. Match the color of each cable to the color on the converter box. Plug them in, as indictated by color.

    Step3:
    Plug a USB cord into the USB port on your DVD Express-DX2 converter box.

    Step4:
    Connect the opposite end of the USB cord into one of your computer's USB ports.

    Step5:
    Restart your PC. Since your computer is now connected to the DirecTV DVR, you can watch DirecTV programming on your computer.

    Reference:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_4425977_hook-up-computer-directv.html"
    http://www.usb-ware.com/ads-dvd-xpress-dx2.htm"
     
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