Dual tuners support with one for cable box and one without cable b

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by AYTC, Jan 29, 2005.

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    AYTC Guest

    Does MCE 2005 supports dual tuners with one for cable box and one without
    cable box? or one for cable box and one for satellite dish set top box for
    that matter.
    It seems logical to do so if you have dual tuners for the MCE 2005 so that
    MCE 2005 can tune or record the programs based on its source and choose the
    correct tuner.

    AYTC, Jan 29, 2005
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    Jason Tsang Guest

    For MCE 2005, both tv sources need to be the same.
    You'll need either both with STB or both with no STB. You can't have a
    mixed tv signal source.
    Jason Tsang, Jan 29, 2005
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    Nigel Barker Guest

    I'll add to that not only must both STBs be the same but they must have exactly
    the same channels received on each. So you can't have a basic package on one & a
    premium package on the other. The basic problem is that MCE only supports a
    single EPG with the slight caveat that OTA HDTV gets the channels added in the
    1000 range on top of anlogue channels.
    Nigel Barker, Jan 29, 2005
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    AYTC Guest

    Thanks for reply.
    I guess that makes the dual tuners set p A LOT LESS useful. Hopefully,
    Microsoft will address this issues in the future upgrade.
    AYTC, Jan 29, 2005
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    Stephen Neal Guest

    In the UK MCE 2005 only supports two "tuners" of the same type, connected to
    the same programme delivery system.

    In other words you can have two analogue tuners, which could be connected to
    two Sky boxes (with the same subs), two cable boxes, or two Freeview boxes.
    You could have two internal digital TV tuners alternatively. What you can't
    have is two analogue tuners connected to a Sky and a cable box, or a Sky and
    a Freeview box, or one to an aerial and the other to a cable, Sky or
    Freeview box. You can't have one analogue tuner and one digital tuner
    either in the UK.

    This is apparently because MCE can only cope with one EPG for both tuners -
    so both devices need to have the same number of channels, on the same
    channel numbers.

    In the US they handle digital TV differently - and you can have two analogue
    tuners AND a digital tuner, or a single analogue and digital tuner. This is
    because they add the digital TV channels to the EPG in a separate number
    range (the 1000+ channels) Why they can't do this in the UK isn't clear,
    though I guess we have the advantage of support for two digital TV cards -
    whereas in the US I think they are limited to only one?
    Yep - logical but quite difficult to implement and cope with schedule
    clashes I guess.

    It would seem sensible to allow one analogue and one Freeview card if that
    were the case - to allow recordings from Sky of Sky only channels, but the
    higher quality (and subscription free) option of Freeview recording for
    channels that are on both.

    Stephen Neal, Jan 29, 2005
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