What is needed for PC to play/record HD content over a STB -2007-
Project - Turn my/your PC(in the room) into a HD TV/PVR
What does my PC do now?
um.... play regular DVD titles on 3007WFP with DTS sound output via Z5450.(And ofcourse I do a lot of stuff on it, I do not "only" play DVD titles =p)
Thinking of not having HDTV content on my PC/30" Monitor which is a waste. I have not watch a single episode of "24" for year 2007. I've gotten so busy.
I want to be able to ..
(W1) Watch HD content(1080i if not 720p) on my PC(PC serves HDTV function)
(W2) Record HD shows when I am not home (PC serves PVR function)
(W3) Play BD titles (I know, with 650+ tax I can do it, but that's later)
Plans to -
(P1) Buy a "card"(whatever works, I am still confused about what is right to get) for PC
(P2) Buy a STB
(P3) Subscribe to Shaw HD Basic
(P4) Work on it !
(P5) Enjoy it !
Intel E6300 1.86GHz OC 2.8GHz
Asus P5B Deluxe
eVGA 7950GT 2 DL DVI output
AuzenTech X-Plosion 7.1 DTS
[Plan to buy a BD-RW/ROM to play BD Titles]
WD 74GB SATA HDD x1 (OS)
WD 250GB SATA HDD x4 RAID 1+0 mode (not online, need to be sure about PSU loading)
Liteon SATA DVD-RW (yes, nothing IDE =p)
Dell 3007WFP 1 DL DVI input only
Dell E228WFP 1 DVI 1 D-Sub input each
Logitech Z5450 set (has 2 TOSLIN inputs)
What do I need?
After reading many threads, I figured I need a STB.
It seems all points to Motorola DCT6200 (heard DCHxxxx model is coming out to replace DCT6200)
I believe I need a STB without PVR function.
Now here comes many questions.
(N1) To get 1080i/720p video feed into PC, what (card) do I need?
DCT6200 has DVI & Component(YPbPr) out, only these two output supports 1080i/720p
Is there PC HDTV turner suppoers DVI/YPbPr In?
DCT6200 has Dolby Digital Out : 1 Coaxial, 1 Optical(TOSLIN)
Again, Is such PC HDTV tuner has digital input(perfer TOSLIN)
If no such, I might need a sound card which has TOSLIN input/output
(N2) To get 5.1 channel audio feed into PC, what do I need?
As metioned in N1, how do I do it and send it out to Z5450 to decode?
(N3) What software would I need to playback HDTV(1080i/720p) content(with audio)?
(N4) To use PVR function, what software do I use ?
from some reading, there seems to be some flag issue on what show is recordable. this is called C5 flag ? How do I deal with it?
(C1) Motorola STB (No PVR function) = C$280 on ********
(C2) Tuner card(video feed input) = < C$200 + taxes ( Hopefull, if this thing exist)
(C3) Upgrade current Shaw analog cable service to HD basic = +C$24.95/mo (on top of current household TV bill)
(C4) Cables(if needed) -unknown-
(C5) BD DVD-RW/ROM = C$650 + taxes
(Q1): Why don't you just get a freaking LCD HDTV w/ ATSC turner? Why go through all the trouble.
(A1): I am limited to one room. No space for a TV. Not to metion when I am home, I am in my room 95% of the time.(I eat in my room too)
(Q2): You seem rich. Can I have a piece of the pie?
(A2): I would like to share the experience/knowledge of this project. A piece of my 3007WFP? It's actually not that hard. Save up. That's what I did.
(Q3): Do you even have a TV at home that you can watch?
(A3): Yes. But I spend like about 5 hrs on it per month. It's cold(no heating so save on energy cost/bill). And I don't get to watch it often.
And it's analog. I can't stand the picture quility anymore. It hurts my eyes. It's year 2007 and I am still watching analog at home?
(Q4): What would you be watching once you have it done?
(A4): I'll be watching News in HD(Yes, you're reading it right, I love watching news). And TV shows like 24/CSI and SCI-FI programs. I love them.
Thank you for reading my post. I hope whoever has experience can enlighten me on this project.
And I hope whoever wants to do the same will benefit from this discussion. Thank you!