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Old 05-02-2015, 12:54 PM   #1  
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Hi Everyone!

I have been browsing the forum for a while looking for an exact answer, and i have found alot of possible solutions..Here is my situation.

I am hearing impaired and tend to stream alot on my PC when i can and listen via headphones from PC speakers...I have a HD cable box, 50" TV, XBox, and Bluray player in one area of a room and i have my PC in the other end of the room. The new PC i got has 2 HDMI inputs on the back of the tower. One of which i am using for a second monitor..

I have a pretty solid computer that can handle alot of RAM and i also have a good video card and fast processor.. I do not have any type of DVR on my HD cable box. I would like to record TV shows from my PC somehow and then watch em on my Windows Surface tablet and plug my headphones into that..Will i need to get a cable card? or is there something with my HDMI inputs that would allow me to do this? Thanks in advanced.
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Old 05-03-2015, 07:22 AM   #2  
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I have used a program called HDHomeRun to use my computers to watch/record cable TV. It will work with any PC or laptop and a lot of other systems. You can use Windows Media Center to record and then watch at any time. A lot depends on your cable company as some only allow you to watch on one system and protect all of their channels. This is like Cox, but I had Comcast also and anything you recorded could be transferred or watched on anything that could handle the type of recording you have.

The nice thing about the HDHomerun is you don't have to pay for the cable company's receiver as the cable goes right to the HDHomeRun.

If you want more information just go to silicondust.com
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If those two HDMI ports are output's only (for HD monitors) then you will need a new video card, one with an HDMI input, and software for that card so it can record programming.

If you have the new type USB 3.0 ports on that PC then try on of these.

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/intensity

You can also get a CATV capable PCI tuner card, or USB tuner and do it that way.

http://www.newegg.com/Video-Devices-...Category/ID-47

And I would also max out on the ram in that PC as it will help when recording HD videos.
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Thanks for the replies! I will look into what both of you said.. hopefully it not to difficult..

the two HDMI inputs on my PC are in two separate locations.. One is in the center and the other that i am not using is down toward the bottom..this is the video card i got below..

2GB Nvidia GeForce GT720 [DVI, HDMI, DVI to VGA Dongle]

I do have a USB 3.0 port

As for RAM. I have 8GB on it.. I am going to make it 16gb very soon.

attached is a pic of the rear of new PC.. note the 2 red circles.. those are the HDMI inputs i have..
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They are both HDMI video outputs, not for recording.

You should look into the USB 3.0 device.
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They are both HDMI video outputs, not for recording.

You should look into the USB 3.0 device.

Ok. Thanks!!
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The other option is a Haupagge HD PVR.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=REG&A=details
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