Does it work with Direct TV?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Greg Candido, Oct 2, 2003.

  1. Greg Candido

    Greg Candido Guest

    I know I can use the DVR function with cable TV but will it work with my
    Direct TV?

    How does the Windows Media Center compare to Tivo? Tivo charges and month
    recurring cost and I think the Media Center could be a better alternative.

    Any information will be useful.

    Greg Candido, Oct 2, 2003
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  2. Hi,

    Media Center will work with Direct TV, I am using it
    myself with satellite. It just involves connecting the
    Set-Top Box to the IR receiver with the included "Blaster"
    this enables the MCE Box to control the Direct TV receiver.

    And with MCE 2004 the system now has the ability to learn
    new IR codes. I can't comment on the TiVo aspect as we
    don't have it up here in Canada.

    Andrew Clark
    MVP - Windows Media Center
    Andrew Clark [MVP], Oct 2, 2003
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  3. Greg Candido

    David Lee Guest

    Yes. I have an HP WMC PC that I use with the Hughes
    DirecTV receiver. I also have 2 Hughes Series 2 DirecTV
    Tivos. (ok, I'm a TV nut, but I have 3 kids)

    In practice I use the tivos much more for two reasons:

    1) ease of use -- it's more of a consumer electronic
    device so it works better and crashes less. Also, when
    recording on the PC I feel scared about doing anything
    else on the machine. For example, you have to really
    think about when to install the next MS security patch so
    you don't interrupt recording a show.

    2) Two tuners on the Tivo. So I can watch live TV while
    recording something else or record two shows at once.
    This in practice is huge.

    I also recommend adding a large drive if you go the Tivo
    route so you can store lots of shows.

    The MC PC is better in that other PCs on my home network
    can watch recorded shows. This is great for roadtrips
    with kids since they can watch on a notebook.
    David Lee, Oct 2, 2003
  4. Greg Candido

    Brent Stock Guest

    How would you incorporate the directv box into WMC to
    allow it to tune to the program I would like to record?

    I have the Zenith Hi-Def box... not that this would
    probaly matter... but I am un-clear as to how I would have
    WMC talk to the directv box when it needed to change to
    the channel to be record.
    Brent Stock, Oct 2, 2003
  5. Greg Candido

    David Lee Guest

    The HP MPC comes with a USB remote control receiver that
    works with its remote. That receiver box has two jacks
    in the back. It comes with a cable that plugs into one
    of these jack and an IR emitter on the other end that you
    put in front of your DirecTV IR receiver. Then tell the
    MPC what kind of box you have and it just works.
    David Lee, Oct 3, 2003
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