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sky+ pc connection

Discussion in 'Home Cinema & Hi-Fi' started by LiE, 7 Jul 2006.

  1. LiE

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    How do I go about connecting my sky plus box to my pc? thanks.
     
  2. MuvverRussia

    Wise Guy

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    there is an rs232 port on them, however this is only used for firmware updates.

    As far as I know there is no way to access the content on the box using a pc.
     
  3. Clarkey

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    composite video is your only option for capturing the picture, as far as im aware anyway, sky+ doesn't have svideo out and capture cards dont have RGB in.
     
  4. Tesla

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    Wrong, ALL Sky+ boxes have an active Svideo output.
     
  5. LiE

    Capodecina

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    I'm not interested in recording anything onto the pc, only watching programmes. What's the easiet method of getting my sky+ to display on my computer screen or through the pc?
     
  6. Memphis

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    TV card.
     
  7. Clarkey

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    Fair enough, I wasn't aware of that, only have regular sky here.

    In that case, you want a Vivo graphics card or a capture card with svideo in, that will provide image quality far superior to composite.
     
  8. LiE

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    I have an x1900xt which has 2 dvi ports and the little black one in the middle, which I'm not sure what it's called? is this capable of doing the job? or will I need a tv card?
     
  9. Energize

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    You need a capture card. You should get one with scart or svideo inputs.
     
  10. LiE

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    Do you have any links to capture cards?
     
  11. Tesla

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  12. LiE

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  13. Energize

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  14. aelitaman

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    If you want to watch sky on your pc and in effect replace your sky box wih your pc you need a TV tuner card and one that has an attachement to plug the sky card (for the encryption card in). There is a great forum at www.avforums.com under entertainment and computers subforum mce, that describes exactly how to do it. You can even get the free BBC HD channel as well if you have a powerful enough computer to de-interlace a 20mbit feed.
     
  15. Energize

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    Yes but the sky modification is illegal.
     
  16. Abyss

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    does the "little black one in the middle" look like the pic on the left of this page? http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-Video
     
  17. MrM3

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    you want an analogue tv card such as the hauppauge PVR150 it has svideo IN and stereo in... do not forget the sound !
     
  18. Energize

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    Most sound cards have line in anyway.
     
  19. csmager

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    Certainly unsupported, but I doubt there's anything illegal about it.