pnear, thanks very much for your advice. I specially liked the fact that you provided the rationale, because it makes it a lot more informative. good stuff.
1. Your best bet is to do dual DVI ... the VGA quality really is pretty good usually but that's a matter of preference versus the cost of a new video card.
Unfortunately my video card has one of each of S-VGA, VGA, DVI. So if I want to do dual DVI I guess I will have to fork for a new ATI or something like that. Not too bad because someone told me that I can get much better performance if I upgrade, since my NVDIA card is not the best performer. Uhmm I think I am now making excuses to get a better card ;-)
2. To future-proof yourself you might want to consider using the HDMI connection, but that's a new beast for most video cards (which translates to expensive). The reason I recommend this is to take advantage of HDCP, or content protection for high-definition content. Right now it's not being enforced, but in the not too distant future things like HD-DVD, BluRay, and HDTV will refuse to play at full definition unless you use HDCP.
Well, I am doing some online search on Tiger Direct and they have a ATI Radeon X1650 XT / 256MB GDDR3 / PCI Express / Dual DVI / HDTV / VIVO / Crossfire Ready / Video Card, for $252.00 (Canadian). Anyone have any experience with this card? It claims to be HDCP compliant, but with DVI not HDMI. Here is the quote, "In order to see HDTV with HDCP compliance, both the source and display devices must be equipped with DVI connections that can enable HDCP decoding.". So are they also correct? Also now I am wondering if my HDTV is HDCP compliant. Boy I sure hope HD tv is worth it. This is pretty complicated for a newbie.
3. Your call... You can configure MCE to tune in over the air HDTV, which here in Toronto means you can get CTV, CBC, SunTV, OMNI1, OMNI2, Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC, CW, PBS
I really like the idea of OTA HDTV, but a man has gotta know his limitations ;-) I live in Bloor West in Toronto, I have a feeling that I could probably get decent reception, but by the time I get it all set up, there will be a new standard or something. Besides the main reason for HD is to get TSN on HD. I hope to get Formula 1 and Soccer in HD soon.
Mind you if there is a good shop that installs the antenna setup, I might just pay them to do it instead of forking an extra $17/month to BellEV. in 3 years thats is $612.00.
Your call... in my opinion, having not seen an expressvu box lately, would be the following:
- Expressvu would give a more reliable signal and more channels.
- I've read that expressvu has compressed signals, which are not as good as OTA high-def picture quality.
- MCE would have a better user interface and user logic
- MCE would have expandable storage
- The MCE option may require getting up in your attic or roof to install the antenna.
pnear. you are absolutely correct. I LOVE the MCE interface. Hate to admit it since I work for a Microsoft competitor ;-) but MCE is the most underated UI I know.
I also love the freedom of my 1 TeraByte of storage for Media.
Again, ty very much for your informative reply.