Quote: Originally Posted by deanie44
Hi dsperber. Thank you for answering my post. Everytime I go through the setup of WMC. the tuners are defined, but with the same guide information. I have the s-video coming from the back of the stb feediing into the Hauppauge 1850 and I have recorded two tv shows in hd. My question is how do give each tuner its own separate guide info and If I cannot use s-video to record hd; how do I setup up the tuners to record in hd.
You cannot use S-video as input to WMC.
Also, S-video does not provide HD. S-video is strictly for 480i 4:3 SD content delivery. If you have your Comcast box "tuned" to an HD channel (16x9 and 720p or 1080i) it has been down-converted to 4:3 480i for delivery out from its S-video connector. There is no way around that.
The only way you can view/record HDTV is through either (a) OTA/ATSC 8VSB tuner card, with a roof antenna or indoor antenna connected to its RF coax input connector feeding the OTA/ATSC digital signal to the tuner card, or (b) QAM tuner card accepting coax cable input from your cable company for delivery of "in-the-clear" non-encrypted copy-freely cable channels, or (c) cablecard-enabled QAM tuner card such as Ceton InfiniTV 4-tuner card accepting coax cable input from your cable company for ALL CHANNELS, both in-the-clear non-encrypted copy-freely as well as encrypted and copy-once content.
There may also be outboard tuner devices connected via USB, but I'm not familiar that whole technology. Again, NOT S-VIDEO.
And again, WMC simply does not support S-video as an input. It's only capable of managing true tuners.
So, assuming you actually have two tuner cards in your PC installed properly and configured properly within WMC (you'd go through the proper Settings -> TV setup for each tuner card), you will automatically get ONE OR TWO Guide ID numbers assigned, depending on what their setup specified as their "content provider".
In my own case as I described earlier, my ATI TV Wonder 650 PCI 1-tuner OTA/ATSC card accepts roof antenna input. That means it needs Guide info for "digital OTA/ATSC channels in my zip code". My other Ceton cablecard-enabled 4-tuner card is fed from TWC/LA's coax. So it needs Guide info for "TWC/LA in my zip code". These are two separate and different Guide ID numbers (from Zap2it, which is the Guide provider for Microsoft) and my WMC configuration understands all of that perfectly. Twice a day, every 12-hours, WMC updates BOTH of these Guide ID databases on my machine, keeping them both ongoing and current.
(1) my OTA/ATSC Guide setup:
(2) my Ceton TWC/LA Guide setup:
Note that the sum of the two Guides is what appears in the complete channel number listing, for me to choose from to watch, record, and build "Favorite channels" lists from. For example the OTA/ATSC channels are 2.1, 4.1, 5.1, 7.1, etc., whereas the cable channels are 402, 404, 405, 407, etc..
ALL of the combined channels understood by both of my tuner cards are listed, and when I view the Guide cells the sum of all channels is shown in one combined presentation.