[mythtv-users] capture card for DirecTV

Jeremy Tietsort jr at tietsort.org
Mon Dec 4 02:28:53 UTC 2006

Ah, okay, that makes sense.  I'm okay with just getting the analog
feed at this point.   For the sat receiver, I'll be using either a
Hughes HDVR2 box or an older RCA box with a data port for channel

Also, I think I'm going to want to be able to re-encode content for
different things (DVD, iPod, etc).   Will I need the encoding feature
of the PVR350 for this or would it happen in software on the main CPU?


On 12/2/06, Kevin Kuphal <kuphal at dls.net> wrote:
> Kevin Kuphal wrote:
> > Jeremy Tietsort wrote:
> >
> >> I'm new to Myth, but have been studying the docs for the past few
> >> days.  It seems typical for some users to have a PVR350 for use with
> >> DirectTv, but I thought I read somewhere that since the sat boxes will
> >> already encode, all you need is a capture card instead of a full blown
> >> tuner card.
> >>
> >> Do I have this right?  I'm going to be buying a new card either way,
> >> just wondering what I should be looking for.  I don't want to buy
> >> something I won't need.
> >>
> >>
> > No, but if you search online you can find modified boxes that have
> > firewire output but the cost is high and I'm not sure of its legal status.
> >
> I should clarify.  There is no "DirectTV capture card" that will capture
> the actual stream from the satellite in all its glory.  What you are
> doing is capturing with any capture card (PVR-350 - overkill because it
> also includes decoder, PVR-150 - but you won't be using the tuner, etc)
> doing a digital to analog to digital conversion.  If you are looking to
> get the actual encoded content, see my original message.
> Kevin
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