Dual Tuner Cards (1) Cable & (1) Satellite

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Markt, Feb 1, 2005.

  1. Markt

    Markt Guest

    I just set up my MCE5 and have a singe tuner card with a set top Sat box. I
    am using the IR sensor to control the box and using the guide built into MCE.
    I want to add another tuner card. I have cable and Satellite into the house.
    My easiest setup for the sencod card would be to come out of the cable jack
    behind the TV. I do not use a set top box for Cable. Can this work?
    I am unsure if the guide can control Directv and Comcast cable at the same
    time since they are different channels.
    I wanted the other card to just record other stations while we watch another.
    Should I just get another satellite receiver and use the other LNB from the
    satellite to work the other tuner card.
    If this is the situation, do I need another IR sensor on the 2nd satellite
    set top box?
    Sorry to be so long winded.

    Mark T
    Markt, Feb 1, 2005
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    Jeff Griffin Guest

    You can't do cable and Sat. You can however get another sat reciever and
    another IR blaster to be able to record 2 things at once.

    Jeff Griffin
    Windows XP Media Center Edition MVP
    Jeff Griffin, Feb 1, 2005
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  3. Markt

    Markt Guest

    Thanks for the reply..

    Mark T

    Markt, Feb 1, 2005
  4. Markt

    Stephen Neal Guest

    You need a second satellite or cable box - MCE can only cope with one EPG
    for all tuners (though in the US it allows an "extra bit" of EPG in the
    1000s for a single HDTV card accompanying analogue capture cards) Thus you
    need two cable or two satellite feeds - both with identical EPGs and
    subscriptions (unless you are happy not to have the premium channels in the
    MCE EPG) The reason behind this is that MCE treats the two tuners as
    "equals" - and doesn't allow for intelligent scheduling between two
    different "tuners" with different channel line-ups and channel numbers etc.

    Stephen Neal, Feb 1, 2005
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