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Windows 7: Channels only work live if I hit record

13 Aug 2011   #1

windows 7 32 bit
Channels only work live if I hit record

I have windows 7 32 bit. I am using a Hauppage HVR 2250 dual tuner card.

What is odd is that a few channels will only let me watch them live if I record them. As soon as you hit record you can watch the channel. Otherwise it says "service is unavailable". I can even hit record then stop the record and I can keep watching the channel. Also one other channel works live but when you hit record it says
"service is unavailable".

It was not always like this as every channel scanned and found worked flawlessly. We have a great outdoor antanna and are very close to the TV towers (around 5 miles away). So I highly doubt it's a signal strength issue all the sudden.

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12 Nov 2011   #2

windows 7 32 bit

I have actually just tried a completely different tv tuner ATI card and this issue still persists! So it is in the Windows Media Center software and not my tuner card.

Any ideas?
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04 Jan 2012   #3


I have a number of MAJOR issues with MCE, your problem included. Mine also started around the end of August. My guess is the broadcaster(s) changed something that has broken Media Center for certain channels.

I wish there was a way to get Microsoft's attention to resolve these issues.

I love (or used to love) my MCE machine, but I'm giving up and switching to MythTV
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