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Svideo on a laptop - Can I connect to a satellite receiver

by richfei / January 4, 2005 11:02 PM PST


I have a laptop with an Svideo connection (but I don't have an Svideo cable)

1) Is it possible to connect to a satellite receiver and receive regular programs directly on my laptop, or do I have to connect to the tv itself ?

2) If it is possible to get a connection, what freeware or commercial software would I need to playback the programs on my laptop ?

3) Is there any Tivo like software, which can also let me copy programs to my hard disc ?

Many thanks

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For TIVO/ DVR you need Windows XP media edition notebook
by KenSanramon / January 5, 2005 2:57 AM PST

The SVHS connector on most notebooks is for output only (Notebook display to TV or external monitor) so you can either play DVD's or display the internet on a larger monitor.

To get the DVR (digital video recorder) and TIVO functions (TIVO in fact just announced new software for notebooks with Windows Media edition operating system) you need a higher end notebook in the $2,000 range with Windows XP media edition like the Toshiba Qosmio or Sony has them (both over $2,500).

Or, you have to add video capture hardware yourself separately but Windows Media Edition captures all of these functions and includes the hardware already (Athlon 64 notebooks by HP are in Mall kiosks demonstrating Windows XP media edition also)

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by jcrobso / January 7, 2005 3:04 AM PST

You can get a usb capture device, some come with PVR soft ware and you don't have to have XP media cented edition. But to do this you will need a large HD and a 2ghz or better processor and at least 512mb memory. John

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