I had built a HTPC a long while back and used a Hauppauge WinTV MCE 500 card. This was connected to Rogers cable (no box) and worked ok for basic cable PVR. I am building a new system that will be a gaming system/music server/PVR/and store all my DVD's in digital format. I am ok with everything up to the PVR. We have a Rogers SA Explorer 4250 HD box I want to use with the HTPC and I need some help getting it set up. I have combed a lot of threads on this forum and only ended up more confused.
The HTPC will have an ASUS M5A99FX Pro R2.0 mainboard, AMD FX 8320 Black 3.5GHz CPU, 8 GB DDR3 1600, Radeon HD 7850 2GB PCIe 3.0 and a 3 or 4 TB hard drive dedicated to the PVR. I am running Windows 7 and will use Windows Media Center.
Here's what I need to know:
I tried the WinTV card in this system but the TV was choppy and pixelated. Is that a system issue or just that it's an analog tuner and Rogers is going digital?
If I need a new card - no problem - but which one? I would like to be able to record more than one channel at a time. Do I need 2 cards and 2 Rogers boxes or will a dual tuner card work? Do I need a different Rogers box? Do I need a third box to watch TV at the same time? I am not concerned about recording in HD format, but I hope to be able to record ALL the channels I receive including HD channels.
I have a Logitech Harmony 880 remote I would like to integrate into this. Is that possible? What sort of IR set up do I need? I have the old MCE puck IR receiver that I used on my old setup.
I am just outside of London Ontario. I HATE Rogers but we are pretty limited here. I am very open to suggestions.
As you can see I really am thoroughly confused.