1 Analogue + 1 Digital Tuner Card?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Scarface2, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. Scarface2

    Scarface2 Guest

    Hi there, if this question has already been answered then I apologise but I
    have searched through these posts for a few hours and still have no answer so
    here goes.

    Is it possible to have a digital tv tuner card and an analogue tuner card in
    the same setup as long as they both have hardware mpeg2 decoders?

    The reason I ask is that I am considering buying a digital card for tuning
    freeview, but would also like to get an analogue card, as I have a freeview
    STB that I could use through the tuners analogue input for the moment, but if
    I ever had sky etc installed I would then be able to have freeview through
    the digital tuner, and sky etc through the analogue tuner.

    In short I would like freeview on the digital card, but I would also like
    the ability to route external devices through an analogue card.

    Would this kind of setup work with MCE 2005?
    Scarface2, Jan 6, 2005
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    Nigel Barker Guest

    It's HW encoder that is important for analogue capture. DVB-T cards do not have
    a HW MPEG2 encoder as the MPEG2 bit stream is just copied to disk.
    No. MCE 2005 supports dual tuners but they must be of the same type with exactly
    the same programming on both. This is mostly because only one Electronic
    Programme Guide is supported. Your best bet is to buy two DVB-T Freeview cards
    as this will give you the best reliability & picture quality.
    Nigel Barker, Jan 10, 2005
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