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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


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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


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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!

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

    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.

    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.

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

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

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

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