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DirecTV with Windows Media Center

Hi forum, I am trying to setup my DirecTV HD DVR with my windows media center but I don't know how.  I have satellite in 1 and satellite in 2 but i dont have a satellite or cable out Coaxial cable port.  Have any of you succeeded with setting this up with windows media center?  Thanks in advance.

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ACE - Expert

Re: DirecTV with Windows Media Center

What sort of audio/video inputs do you have on your Media Center PC?

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Professor

Re: DirecTV with Windows Media Center

zacharys,

 

To my knowledge(and I have Windows XP Media Center Edition O/S on my networked PC) there is no way to have DirecTV service and Windows Media Center interact, regardless of connections. You can, however, use the HD DVR's Media Share feature(if your HR24 is networked to the same router your PC uses or you have Whole Home DVR Service installed) to play Music, Videos and Photo Slideshows from the PC using your HD DVR. If you are interested in that start a new post in the Media Share forum and someone will assist you with getting that working.

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ACE - Expert

Re: DirecTV with Windows Media Center

dj:

With the proper AV capture hardware on the Media Center PC, it's possible to interface to a DirecTV Receiver to record satellite channels on the Media Center PC.  A remote "IR repeater eye" is also needed.   It's tricky, but possible. 

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Contributor

Re: DirecTV with Windows Media Center

I have a tv tuner in my pc (Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit) which has the coaxial hook ups for a coaxial cable hook up and coaxial antenna hookup

Message 5 of 27
ACE - Expert

Re: DirecTV with Windows Media Center

Well, then your only connection option is to get an "RF Modulator" to convert the HR24's composite (yellow RCA video and red/white audio) output to an RF signal on Ch3 or Ch4 to feed your Media Center PC's TV Tuner.  Hopefully your Media Center PC has the appropriate Media Center software and "IR Repeater" to enable it to control channel changes on your DirecTV DVR.  Or are you simply wanting to view the DVR's recordings on your PC?  You already have a DVR, so there's little benefit to setting it up as Media Center DVR. 

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Expert

Re: DirecTV with Windows Media Center

If the poster simply wants to watch DVR recordings on the computer, Directv2PC will provide full HD playback and it's free.  It does require a computer with pretty good horse power.

Message 7 of 27
Professor

Re: DirecTV with Windows Media Center

litzdog911/dcd,

 

Somehow(all respect to DirecTV2PC users who want to watch DirecTV recordings while multitasking) I just can't wrap my mind around why so many users are bent on watching DirecTV content on a PC monitor, when they have the equipment to watch it on a nice BIG HDTV:0)

 

P.S.

OOOO..OOOO...OOO I've got it now!!! The PC is in their "mancave" and the wife has kicked them outa the den while she watches Lifetime HD movies:0)

Message 8 of 27
Contributor

Re: DirecTV with Windows Media Center

OK, lets take a look at why a Windows Media Center solution would work in ways that Directv2PC won't.

 

So somebody went through all the trouble to set a Home Theater PC.  They've got all the fun 10-foot interfaces installed like Windows Media Center, XBMC, Hulu Desktop, Netflix in WMC, and countless other services like UPnP / DLNA, Spotify, and YouTube.  Now from this one interface you can access everything.  All the services on the internet, all of your files on all the machines in your home group, except the DirecTV service.

 

Without the capture device and serial / IR control of the DirecTV box, you have to change the input on your TV between the 2 when you want to change what you're watching.  With the capture and control interface, you just pick Watch Live TV from the Windows Media Center menu and from one interface you have everything,  You never have to change the input on your TV and everything is always accessible on the fly.

 

Granted, if you are using DirecTV2PC, you can just switch over from the WMC to DirecTV2PC and get much of the same functionality.  If your receiver supports this feature, it may work just fine for you.  But if you don't have a receive that supports DirecTV2PC, like my self, you're still stuck with the capture device option.

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Tutor

Re: DirecTV with Windows Media Center

Good explanation, jreiche.  The whole point of wanting to be able to use Windows Media Center computers with Directv with is so you can have a single point of access.  A single interface that can handle and record the satellite TV, watch any saved movies, TV, music, photos and other content from your local network, and work with all the internet services too.  You can use one of several different styles of remotes that work with Media Center and choose the one(s) you like.

It's like we've regressed in technology to having to have these huge boxes installed all over the house.  My suspicion is that this is all driven and maintained by the TV providers, whether Cable or Satellite, wanting to make sure we pay for every feature we want.  They control and know the number of TVs we have, what channels we watch, how long we watch, what we record, etc., and what type of equipment we have, along with the interface and remote controls we use.  And that's business.  That's the free market at work, and I support that system.  It's just up to us as customers to demand something different if we want it.

So, this is what I would like to see.  A product from Directv such as Silicon Dust's HDHomeRun, that connects via coax cable to (multiple) OTA antennas and/or analog Cable TV, and presents itself as a tuner for Windows Media Center to use.  Either this, or a PC card that I can install in a computer.  Or license the technology/encryption to a supplier(s) to do the same.  I would gladly pay a reasonable price to Directv for this.  It would all us to receive the shows we want in a raw form and let us decide how and where to distribute and record them in our homes.  The gauntlet is thrown.  Can you do it?

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Employee

Re: DirecTV with Windows Media Center

Never going to  happen.  specially this....

It would all us to receive the shows we want in a raw form and let us decide how and where to distribute and record them in our homes

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Message 11 of 27
Tutor

Re: DirecTV with Windows Media Center

Not if we don't ask for it.  Would this be something you'd be interested in - and pay for?

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Employee

Re: DirecTV with Windows Media Center

You have a loooooooooong battle...  not with DirecTV but with the networks, they dont want their "stuff" pirated.

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Message 13 of 27
Tutor

Re: DirecTV with Windows Media Center

Who said anything about pirating?  I'm more than willing to pay for the service.  I just want to be able to watch it on different equipment.

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Expert

Re: DirecTV with Windows Media Center

I'm sure that Peds48 did not mean to imply that you were pirating.  His comment pointed out that Directv was not going to open up and allow unfettered playback and copying due to the proliferation of illegal copies in such an environment.  Their recordings are encrypted to the DVR they are recorded on thus analog recordings are the sum total of the copying available.

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