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Old 11-29-2011, 11:06 PM   #1  
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What are some of your thoughts on this product compared to set top boxes, etc.?
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:02 PM   #2  
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I just got one and hooked it up to my new cable setup. It cost me $200 and saved me $20/mo on my cable bill ($22/mo for PVR box and $2/mo for cable card, a 10 month payout. Works great.Three tuners integrate with Windows 7 mce on my HTPC. Next step is to stream content over my network to an extender (Xbox, etc).

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Old 01-01-2012, 04:41 PM   #3  
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I got one and tried it out. It looks like you lose the “On Demand” capabilities of set-top boxes, but you gain other functions, like sharing tuners and portable DVRing. It worked pretty good over wired connections, but when the signal isn’t that great over wireless, it seems to not only pixelate, but also has a chance to cancel the recordings. Or you get this “No tuner available” message. I still have the old G router, and I’m gonna try it with an N router to see what happens.

Windows Media Center definitely is better than TiVo software (the DVR I get from RCN). The only thing TiVo has that is pretty cool is the suggestions. But I’ve found that for me personally, most of what they suggest isn’t stuff I would watch anyway so… I’m sure you can find shows online better anyway…which a computer excels at.
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I got one and tried it out. It looks like you lose the “On Demand” capabilities of set-top boxes, but you gain other functions, like sharing tuners and portable DVRing. It worked pretty good over wired connections, but when the signal isn’t that great over wireless, it seems to not only pixelate, but also has a chance to cancel the recordings. Or you get this “No tuner available” message. I still have the old G router, and I’m gonna try it with an N router to see what happens.

Windows Media Center definitely is better than TiVo software (the DVR I get from RCN). The only thing TiVo has that is pretty cool is the suggestions. But I’ve found that for me personally, most of what they suggest isn’t stuff I would watch anyway so… I’m sure you can find shows online better anyway…which a computer excels at.
My only beef with WMC is that it does overprocess the HD video too much. The result is a slight down res on the HD that takes away a little bit of the effect of High Def. You can really see it if you have 2 separate HD tuners. For instance, I used the Hauppauge tuner card on my HTPC running through WMC to my TV. But I also routed the Antenna directly to the TV tuner after a splitter. I was able to switch between the HTPC input and the TV tuner input easily. The difference actually made me upset. The TV input was crystal clear, but the WMC image was slightly less defined.

Thinking it was maybe my computer, I switched from WMC to Haupaugge's TV software and noticed that the image was as clear as the direct TV input. The only benefit to the WMC was that I could stream the DVR'd files to media extenders throughout the house. But the image quality was sub-par. So we stopped using WMC altogether. Just FWIW.
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It's been a while since I used an antenna. But I tried to connect both a Tivo and WMC to the TV to compare them by toggling HDMI sources. I don't really notice any difference or maybe the TiVo (or cable box) also "overprocesses" the HD?

But I do notice that when I connected the computer to the TV, it doesn't look as sharp as if it was a computer monitor meant for that purpose. It looks better on my CRT screen via VGA actually, but it's not as "big" there. So maybe my TV ain't so great to begin with or that the signal gets "interlaced" or something, I dunno. I had expected it to be crisp, but I see like the words a little blurry when close up and some "yellow" between letters on white background for some reason.

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