Originally Posted by schuey74
Sorry for abandoning you man. I was had a nice out of town weekend. I read your past couple posts and here's my input.
I've only used the firewire method with XP. I would assumed there would be issues with Vista because of the DRM **** and you appear to confirm this.
As previously known, tuner cards all suck. OTA is fine, but has a limited amount of channels. But who wants seven channels? Certainly not you or anyone else I know.
Here's the good and the bad from my experience. I can playback anything from my cable box with superior picture quality, but I don't have the channel guide on the PC. I can record anything directly to the PC, but I can't change channels while recording. I can just record with cable box's dvr and then transfer at a later time, but it usually takes several tries before I get a perfectly synced result (audio & video).
I hope you fine a Vista solution, but I honestly doubt it right now. I'd go with XP for my HTPC right now and keep my eyes peeled for Vista solutions down the road. Remember Vista is only a year old so solutions will arrive sooner or later. Although I very much doubt there will ever be any "official" solution because no one wants you recording stuff to your PC.
Haha, no big deal man. I really appreciate input! I got another tuner card and it's confirmed that Comcast DOES encrypt every HD channel they put out so I'm a little screwed. Also, my parent's house isn't in the best place to get OTA HD channels so I gotta wait for that too.
One bad thing about building a HTPC right now is that it's only one more year until everything TV wise goes digital and you will have to have a cable box to get TV period. However, I still want to back up my DVD collection and have everything at my fingertips so I guess I can be a little patient.
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