What is the cheapest way to record a tv broadcast in high-res?

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  1. jinf22

    jinf22 New Member

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    Need your suggestions:

    What is the cheapest way to record a tv broadcast in high-res?

    Whether it's through a computer or some external device (i.e. tivo)...what is the overall cheapest way?

    Thanks!
     
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    firewire cable plugged in to your cable box
     
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    I'm in for this too.

    Also, could someone teach/point about I/O and this stuff? Is the computer supposed to run like shit when something like this is going on? Or does some special hardware take care of it?

    What about processing the broadcast as it's saved? And random access to it?
     
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    if you have a hardware mpeg2 encorder, you can get good quality recordings with minimal cpu overhead. But if you're recording a poor broadcast you're not going to create quality that isn't there.
     
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    Here are the ways to record HD on a computer:

    - ATSC tuner card + antenna
    Check out www.antennaweb.org to see if you are near any towers. This is the cheapest method because you do not need to pay for cable tv.


    - QAM tuner card + cable tv
    You will only be able to pick up unencryped channels (IE CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, CW). Your cable company might encrypt all the channels. If you have an HD tv with a QAM tuner you can search for digital channels before buying the PC tuner card.


    - firewire output on cable box
    The firewire might be disabled. In that case you'll need to call up your cable company and ask them to activate it. I'm pretty sure they have to comply to this request. There is a good chance everything except the broadcast channels will be encryped.

    - Buy cable card certified computer with windows vista
    I'm not sure if these are even available yet.
     
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    hmmm...thanks for the responses guys, but there's nothing here that's goes into enough detail to actually help =( ...maybe i'm just too much of a n00b!?
     
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    Probably the cheapest.

    Tuner card $50-$150
    Antenna $??
    Over-the-air HD brodcast $free

    Here's an example of a tuner card that has the ability to make recordings via a built-in mpeg2 encoder: http://www.hauppauge.com/pages/products/data_hvr1600.html
     

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