[jhb_airlines] Re: Digital TV on PC

  • From: Gerry Winskill <gwinsk@xxxxxxx>
  • To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 19:13:55 +0100

I'm getting carried away by the spin again. This changeover isn't due to commence until 2008, so using a non digital approach to PC TV is OK, pro tem.

Which Hauppauge card do you have? I've been looking at the USB option. Although I have a couple of PCI slots still unused, they are overhung by bits on cards in the other slots, so are unuseable. Yet another case of designers seeming to work in a vacuum.

Although reception is bad on my TV in here, it's fine in the next door bedroom, and they use the same aerial. To save fiddling round with wiring, yet again, it would be simpler to use TV Link.

Gerry Winskill

Bones wrote:

I hardly ever watch "normal" channels these days because picture quality is
just so much better via Sky. The only time I use them is when two programs
conflict, in which case I record the better choice on Sky and watch the
other on the usual channel.

I'm not sure I follow your thread properly. If the switch over to digital
makes two sets obsolete is this because they aren't capable of receiving
digital data? If so then surely they won't work with a second Sky box

I presume the change over makes the Hauppauge TV cards redundant too?


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
Sent: 13 October 2005 08:48
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Digital TV on PC

The IOM is to be one of the first areas to be switched from Analogue to Digital TV. First thing that strikes me is the high degree of spin being applied to this changeover. The good news is better picture quality; I already have access to digital via my satellite dish. An unmentioned sacrifice, unless there is a radical change, is that the stereo sound quality will plummet, as the result of the change. Next is the fact that although I have satellite TV, it's on one set only. That renders the other two sets obsolete, plus a portable, too. I'll presumably have to take up the Sky offer of another box, for one of the two analogue receivers, since I don't fancy having the house spring a second dish. The set in my lair, although a present from SWMBO, looks the prime candidate for the skip. I've just been doing a search on the subject, looking for a way of using the PC as digital TV receiver. Anyone done this, already? In particular, I'm just looking at the site for the DVB-T USB Stick, at http://www.savapoint.com/savapoint/productinfo.php?prodid=4284&ref=overtur05 08&OVRAW=pc%20based%20tv&OVKEY=pc%20tv&OVMTC=advanced

This looks promising, apart from not mentioning XP Home, in the required OS.
Anyone tried this route yet?

Any other ideas welcomed.

Gerry Winskill

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