I have my resurrected PC working with the Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1250. I went through the steps to setup the guide that comes with the device. This is really a web site that displays your guide with ads. Since it’s free this didn’t bother me much. You can select to record shows in the web site guide and it downloads the information into the WinTV Scheduler. A little kludgy, but it works. The one thing I like about WinTV is that is starts by showing you TV in a window. Since my monitor is 1680×1050 sometimes you just want to see the video actual size. I am only getting analog TV on the WinTV HVR-1250, which means 640×480.
I also setup Vista’s Media Center. This was a problem. All the steps were logical enough, if a lot of them. But when it came time to setup their guide it kept getting an error 13 (could not connect to the Internet). That’s amazing since it connected to the Internet in the previous steps to get my cable provider’s name and such based on my zip code. Anyway, I had to disable Windows Firewall to get the guide to setup. I tried telling the firewall to let “Media Center” and the executable itself (ehSched.exe, thanks to Aaron Stebner for this) to go through the firewall, but nothing would work. Only turning off the firewall worked. However, once I did that the guide came up and it is very nice looking and fast.
I did have just enough time before leaving for work to notice that you are very limited in recording a series. There is a global option for recording a series as new shows and reruns, or new shows only. There is a third option I can’t remember, but I don’t like that this option is global. What is I want to record all the episodes of a show that is new to me even though it is in reruns. Yet other shows I want to just record the new shows. This is something that should be available for each “series” you record. This would be fairly easy to add to the software. I know I am a programmer by profession.
BTW… the remote that came with the WinTV card works Media Center just fine. Cool!
I have not had time to play with it, but I setup my machine to record its first TV show through Media Center. I also installed the Zune Desktop application. I left my machine this morning to copy all my music from my laptop to the resurrected PC into the Zune folder. Tonight I will re-sync my Zune with this new PC and see how it gets TV on the device.