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TV Tuner in Server 2003

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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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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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Netscaler Common Configuration How To guides

If you use NetScaler you will want to see these guides. The NetScaler How To Guides show administrators how to get NetScaler up and configured by providing instructions for common scenarios and some not so common ones.

 
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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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Netscaler Common Configuration How To guides

If you use NetScaler you will want to see these guides. The NetScaler How To Guides show administrators how to get NetScaler up and configured by providing instructions for common scenarios and some not so common ones.

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