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DirecTV & compatible USB TV tuner ?

05-09-2009, 07:35 PM
I'm freeing up space in my small spare room and want to eliminate the need for my TV and it's stand by running my DirecTV receiver all thru my PC.

DirecTV reciever is D11-100 and I have standard service.

HP Compaq Business Desktop D530.

Mine's Specs,,,
Pentium 4 2.8GHZ
1 GB RAM 160 GB HD
Windows XP Pro

Monitor is AOC 2216Sw .

I'm debating on bidding on this one on E-Bay but would hate to have it arrive and it not work.

Geniatech USB ATSC QAM HDTV Tuner Card

Would this one do what I need it to do if not what direction do I need to go.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

05-10-2009, 12:04 AM
I'm guessing IF it works, it will be very basic and perhaps not suit your needs. I had one of these or something very similar and it did work after a fashion with cable tv since the cable carried most of the basic shows and the built-in tuner was able to read them.

However, with DTV that's not true. IF your DTV receiver has a coax output, this unit may read the channel your DTV receiver is tuned to, but you won't be able to change the channel UNLESS you change it on the DTV receiver.

05-15-2009, 08:44 PM
Thanks yes my DTV receiver has coax output and that was my plan to use the DTV remote to change channels I just want the pc to DTV receiver interface from the USB tuner.

It goes from wall to DTV receiver then out of receiver to TV all via coaxial. I was just going to run the DTV receiver's out into the USB. I'm trying to get clear answers as to whether the USB tuners can process the signal tho. The'yre more concerned with selling than giving insightful answers on E-Bay so I'll try here.

05-16-2009, 12:31 AM
The more I think about it, the more unlikely I think it is that it will do what you want. I don't know about the model you are asking about, but the one I have looks very similar (mine isn't HD). To use one of these USB tuners, its necessary to first run a scan in order to "see" what channels it can pickup. On mine, if I remember correctly, it "found" most of my basic analog and digital cable channels up to 100. After that, it operated just like any other tuner. Pull up the program, select say channel 5 and 5 would be displayed.

However, to hook one of these up to DTV, IF it did see a channel, it would be the one you had tuned. At best, it would be a sloppy setup.

A better method for you might be is run a s-video and audio cable from your DTV box to a s-video input card. Monoprice.com has a 100' length for around 10 bucks. S-video cards are available for less than $50. With this setup and a RF remote, you could change the channels from your TV area.

Depending on how much you had to pay for this equipment, @ $5 a month for an extra DTV box, it would probably take you slightly over a year to break even.

I did something similar to this, but I took another route. I have a $150 Costco 15" HD TV in my office that is being fed via a 35' monoprice HDMI cable from an DTV HD receiver. The receiver also feeds another HD TV via component cables. I have a IR extender kit and another $10 DTV remote. I've got about $80 invested in the equipment besides the Costco 15" TV. So, I would be looking at about 1.5 years to break even, but actually I'm making money from the get-go because I didn't have to lease another $99 DTV HD receiver.

Granted, both TVs are tuned to the same channel, but that isn't a problem as the other 19" HD receiver is in my wife's laundry room and so far, we've never had a conflict as she doesn't spend that much time there and neither do I in my office.