HD Tv cards and 2 tuners or 3 cards,PIP What are the real options.

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Gary L Greco, Jan 28, 2005.

  1. Gary L Greco

    Gary L Greco Guest

    I have heard or read that we can use up to 3 video cards in an MCE computer.
    With HD being both available through what I call "unwired or rabbit ears" and
    cable or direct tv sources, I have a couple people wanting to watch or record
    HD tv while watching another channel.
    Know if my mind is seeing this right we can put 2 TV cards in to capture
    signals, and one Video out to the TV.
    Is this correct?

    So would we be able to have picture in a picture type of display option in
    any type of configuration?

    Or would that be strictly produced by the TV with 2 tuners in it?

    And I see only one at present time HD card from ATI available, has anyone
    used or heard of any other cards tha have come to market?
    I am looking into building just theater type systems or entertainment
    centers with MCE and some really good sound systems. I have the MCE system we
    built from the Roadshow and want to first get my options straightened out
    ,and find what is really going to work without wasting a large amount of time
    or money so any input will be useful on how I proceed.Thanks in advance:)))

    Sorry for the questions in one post just dont want to waste posting space in
    the forum.
    Gary L Greco, Jan 28, 2005
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  2. You can have up to 3 tuners. Two must be "regular" NTSC tuners, these will
    be used for cable/satellite. The third tuner has to be an Over-The-Air
    (OTA) ATSC tuner.
    That accounts for the tuner cards, you'll also need a high powered video
    (graphics) card which is what will connect to the TV.

    Media Center doesn't do any Picture in Picture features.
    Michael Creasy [MSFT], Jan 28, 2005
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  3. Gary L Greco

    Knox Guest

    Something I don't understand about this configuration is the guide. Do you
    get one guide for the OTA tuner and another for the NTSC tuner(s)?

    Thank you,


    Knox, Jan 28, 2005
  4. Gary L Greco

    Phil Taylor Guest

    no, the guides are shared and the OTA channels are mapped to above 1000.

    Phil Taylor, Jan 28, 2005
  5. Gary L Greco

    Knox Guest

    That's cool. Thanks!

    Knox, Jan 28, 2005
  6. Gary L Greco

    Gary L Greco Guest

    Sorry for the delay i forgot where i posted this, but thank you all!!!
    Gary L Greco, Feb 9, 2005
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