Making my own TiVo
That's right, I've already bought and installed the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1600.
I've also installed BeyondTV 4.x and it's working great (I'm on the trial period).
Now the only thing is I haven't hooked the pc back up to the TV so it's two streams of video/audio (one to my monitor, one to the TV).
I want to buy a graphics card that has s-video capability so I can output that to the TV and essentially use it as a second monitor so that way I can get the full effects of pausing live tv, yada yada yada.
Here's the thing, if I get a $30 graphics card with s-video capability is it possible that when I hook it back to the TV that there will be severe distortion/pixelation? My TV is 32" or so. CRT Tube.
If anyone knows anything, that'd be SWELL!
What you describe is what I've done in the past, and it works just fine. What's the best input your TV has though - it's worth buying a video card that supports HDMI and then use a HDTV Component adapter (you can buy it at monoprice) that allows you to convert HDMI to Component, then you'd use component cables from the adapter to the TV.
The Radeon™ 9800, Radeon™ 9700, Radeon™ 9600, Radeon™ 9500, Radeon™ 8500 Series, or All-in-Wonder® 9800li /9700li / 9600 / 8500 / 8500DV family of mulitimedia cards can all use adapter.
My dream set-up would consist of several Sat Tuner cards inside a box hooked up to a few satellite dishes on my roof. The next question would be, Should I use MythTV or Windows Media Center?
I have 3 inputs. The traditional component (YRW), coaxial, and s-video.
I'm not concerned about audio, just video.
I really don't want to invest too much money in this so buying an expensive video card would be a waste since the PC itself is pretty shitty.