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Old 09-11-2010, 04:20 PM   #1
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Hello! I am new to this site but have been an AT&T U-Verse user since its start in my area. I have used Windows Media Center since 2005. I just bought a new computer, an HP Pavilion Elite HPE-235f PC with a 6 core AMD processor. Unfortunately for me, this PC does not come with a tuner card. I used to do a lot of recording using Media Center, then edit programs and save to my hard drive. Since I just got an HDTV tv and monitor, I switched to HD service with U-Verse. I have heard that AT&T would block anything I may try to record in digital format. Which type of digital tuner card or device do I need to purchase to record in high def via U-Verse?
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Old 09-11-2010, 05:10 PM   #2
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Get one of these: Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Video Capture device.

It even will work with Windows 7 Media Center. Hook it up with component cables and optical audio for 5.1. I have one and use it often with my U-verse DVR. It is the only thing I know of first hand that will record in HD. It connects to the PC via USB 2.0 port.

Then for the editing get VideoReDo TV Suite v4 with h.264. Very slick HD editing software.

First hand, I don't know of any internal card that is available.

Now if you have your HDTV hooked up to the U-verse DVR with a HDMI cable, the component outputs will revert to SD when the HDMI gets activated. You can reset the output to 1080i when you want to record. I have both the HDMI and the component video hooked up to my monitor. The component via the feed through of the HD PVR.

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Old 09-26-2010, 11:18 PM   #3
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Thanks so much for the info! I am in the process of looking for this product on line at the best price. However, will Media Center recognize the Hauppauge PVR as a tuner when I go through the set up process?

As for the software, I have Cyber Link DVD Suite Deluxe on my PC, and am trying to get used to it. For 5 years I used Sonic My DVD (I think the company is now called Roxio).
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I have bought the HD-PVR, and have it set up using the component connection from my Uverse set top box to the HD-PVR, but when I go through the Media Center setup, it "scans for channels" but returns no results. I have yet to see a video signal from the new interface, and wonder if I've set it up properly. Can you provide a simple tutorial? I've even disconnected the HDMI that goes directly to the TV/Display just in case they bother the component connections. Any clues?
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if you'd like to use HDMI http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/

the intensity and intensity shuttle should do the trick.
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Old 12-25-2010, 08:09 PM   #6
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I'm NOT wanting to use HDMI, but the component connections instead. And I am using the only solution available with WMC compatibility. Does anyone actually have this setup actually working?
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Old 12-25-2010, 10:16 PM   #7
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You have to go to the Hauppauge website and download the media center software.

From the website:
New! HD PVR support for Windows Media Center (beta test version now available)!

Use HD PVR as a video recorder in Windows 7 Media Center. You can watch and record premium cable and satellite TV in Windows 7 Media Center, creating TV recordings in HD using the efficient and high quality H.264 format. The beta version of the Windows Media Center support is a free upgrade from Hauppauge, and can be downloaded from the HD PVR support pages at http://www.hauppauge.com/site/suppor...ort_hdpvr.html

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