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    NPVR with Tuner Card and External DirecTV box

    Alright so a few things. I am confused greatly by how to configure this properly.

    I would be willing to write this up as a How To when I am finished as I think it is a pretty common scenario. Maybe it is already available somewhere and I am just searching for the wrong things.

    So I am running Windows XP SP3. I have a Hauppauge HVR-1800 tuner card. I have DirecTV and a external box that is used to decode the signal. The box is hooked up to the tuner card with the coax cable and the tuner needs to be set on channel 3. So maybe this is the problem and the DirecTV box needs to be hooked up with S-Video or something other than the coax cable.

    So here is where I am confused and maybe this is the whole problem. But how do I keep the tuner on channel 3 and import the EPG data for the DirecTV box into NPVR and then use an irblaster to change the channels on the DirecTV box instead of changing the tuner channel?

    I found a great post that outlined how to use ISS to change the channels on the DirecTV box. But it doesn't talk about anything other than that, like how to correctly hook up the DirecTV box to the tuner card and how to configure NPVR properly with the correct EPG data to be able to record TV shows properly.

    So needless to say I am confused about how to properly configure the EPG data with the correct device listed in the NPVR configuration. I have the TV Guide listing there after subscribing to Schedules Direct but not sure if just changing the Channel Changer to use ISS is the right way to make this happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WannaBeGeekster View Post
    So I am running Windows XP SP3. I have a Hauppauge HVR-1800 tuner card. I have DirecTV and a external box that is used to decode the signal. The box is hooked up to the tuner card with the coax cable and the tuner needs to be set on channel 3. So maybe this is the problem and the DirecTV box needs to be hooked up with S-Video or something other than the coax cable.

    So here is where I am confused and maybe this is the whole problem. But how do I keep the tuner on channel 3 and import the EPG data for the DirecTV box into NPVR and then use an irblaster to change the channels on the DirecTV box instead of changing the tuner channel?
    When you import your channels, you need to set the 'input source' to 'fixed-channel' and the channel number to 3. See here:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sub View Post
    When you import your channels, you need to set the 'input source' to 'fixed-channel' and the channel number to 3. See here:
    Awesome! Thanks Sub. That is what I thought, but when I imported it last time it said fixed channel:123 and each channel had a different number. I am assuming that is correct now though. Thanks again!

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    Is this thread still active?

    I am looking into Direct TV as Time Warner now requires a digital converter box for every TV. More remotes, yuck! I know that there is a Roku channel for Time Warner and Direct TV. I am curious about which ties in best with my NPVR HTPC. Also, Google fiber is growing quick here in the Kansas City area, but will be a while before it reaches my remote area. Direct TV is offering a deal 30 bucks cheaper than TWC. I have an HP usb ir for my htpc harmony remote, but no ir wire to communicate with other devices.

    Ideas?

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    Also, I use Plex to stream media to other TV's

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