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TV Tuner in Server 2003

Posted on 2006-06-09
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Is there a TV tuner that will work in Windows Server 2003?  I tried a Leadtek Winfast 2000 Expert but it does not work even though the drivers install.  I talked to them and they confirm it won't work.  I need some way to source my satellite TV feed into the media services for this machine.

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I'm personally unaware of any maker (hauppauge, Leadtek, ATI, etc) that make a TV tuner card that they come right out and say works with 2003 server.

You can however use a video capture card in 2003 to do it, I would think such as these:  http://www.teamsolutions.co.uk/winnov.html


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by:Lee W, MVP
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The card probably works fine - you need a different program to "watch" TV with.  Have you tried using PowerVCR/PowerCinema?  They have a free trial.

(Note: MANY programs will say they are not compatible with Server versions of windows - what they mean is that they are not SUPPORTED - the company that made the program will not SUPPORT you in your efforts to get it to work under a server operating system.  BUT, the software and drivers IN MOST CASES will work.  On the occasion when softwar doesn't, try other software).
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Well, the drivers install fine, and the device shows up properly.  I tried using the winfast PVR software to test the signal and it just shows a blank picture no matter what type of input I tried using (antenna, cable and Svideo).  I thought maybe just the PVR program wasn't working, but I tried actually using Windows Media Encoder to use it as an input source to record from and it freezes the machine after a few seconds of starting the encoding.  So I don't think it's going to work.  

I'm not sure I understand how the video capture cards are different, I assume I can use a TV as a source into one of these?
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That's right (on the video capture cards).  You would actually just use the outputs from your satellite box and the inputs on the capture card.
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Great, I think I'll try this route.
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