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Old January 19, 2011, 09:15 PM
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Are you positive that the cards can capture from two inputs at the same time?
Their support should be able to provide me with that answer

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And that SageTV would support that as well?
At first sight I'd say it does. I haven't tried much with it yet, but the initial setup lets me beleive it does support it.

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And it seems like you'd need a fair amount of CPU power, or a boat load of HDD space depending on how much or how little compression you use when recording. Even to directly steam, I'm guessing you'll need a fairly powerful server.
I don't record.
I quickly tried the software tonight. The server version on an old box I had laying around, and the client on my daily comp and it ran smoothly. I'll find out how much hardware I need as I go I guess. I'm not planning on watching blue rays over the network anyway. I just want the TV feed.


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On the software front, I'd suggest looking into MediaPortal. It's hardware support is a bit more limited I think, but at least it's free and open-source. If I recall, it does have a TV Server as well which I'm guessing is similar to SageTV. I use MediaPortal myself for playback of media but I don't bother with capturing/streaming TV.
I'll look into it for sure.
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Old January 19, 2011, 09:28 PM
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Are you positive that the cards can capture from two inputs at the same time? And that SageTV would support that as well?

And it seems like you'd need a fair amount of CPU power, or a boat load of HDD space depending on how much or how little compression you use when recording. Even to directly steam, I'm guessing you'll need a fairly powerful server.

On the software front, I'd suggest looking into MediaPortal. It's hardware support is a bit more limited I think, but at least it's free and open-source. If I recall, it does have a TV Server as well which I'm guessing is similar to SageTV. I use MediaPortal myself for playback of media but I don't bother with capturing/streaming TV.
I know SageTV can support numerous amounts of tuners at the same time. I can also confirm that it needs almost zero CPU power when using the Hauppauge HD PVR since they encode on the fly. Although I have no idea the CPU usage for other capture cards.
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Old January 20, 2011, 07:40 AM
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Although I have no idea the CPU usage for other capture cards.
That, I will find out soon enough.
I couldn't find the tuner card I thaught I had yesterday. So I basically "built" a repository of "movies" on the SageServer. The "movies" were videos I had made from gameplay(@ 720p with sound).

While I was playing the "movies" on the SageClient, the SageServer cpu didn't go past 25%. And it ain't a mainstream cpu by any means(or maybe it was 6 years ago).
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