Regrding the PVR, I would try and source a tivo, they are outstanding
machines and really change your perception of TV. Imagine always having
a choice of programs you want to watch...Imagine programing a series
once and only once, not every episode individually (plus when a new
series starts it automatically picks it up again)...Imagine a system
that learns the type of programs you likes and records them for you
Tivo comes as standard with a 40Gb disk but is easily upgradable to
240Gb plus you can also network it on to a home network and use DSL for
The downside is that you can only get Tivo from ebay now as thomson have
stopped producing UK machines.
In a year or so Windows Media Center maybe a viable option but I would
certainly avoid the sky+ box, there seems to be a lot of issues with the
software and does not offer half the features of a Tivo.
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As a newbie to this arena, I come seeking knowledge.
We have Telewest cable (analogue, still!) and a nice big widescreen TV,
surround sound, yadda, yadda.
Two things that my g/f and I have been mulling over:
1) succumbing to the lures of Telewest's digital cable service (hey, we've
got everything else!)
2) some form of PVR. My g/f's been driving this one as she's seen the Sky+
ads, TiVo, etc.
I'm an IT spod by "trade" and as such, we have a whole host of systems in
the house doing generic PC stuff.
I've been contemplating building a discrete PVR box for a wee while, now,
but having never tried before, need some guidance. I was thinking of a
"Shuttle" style PC with a decent sized (120GB) drive combined with a card
like the Hauppage WinTV PVR 350. Sling a 802.11g wireless card in the
back, hook it up to the broadband and away we go.
Or am I being immensely naive and there's a lot more to it than I've
Are there better ways of going about this?
Anyone have any experience of similar or alternate solutions?
Hardware and software recommendations?
Thanks in advance.