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poincare_
July 5th, 2011, 09:44 AM
Hello,

Long time lurker, now just posting. Still a total n00b though. So, I have searched the heck out of this and can't seem to find anyone a situation the same as mine. I have a custom built HTPC specs as follows:

Core i3 @ 2.27
intel GMA HD Graphics
Conext ACH97 5.1 sound
500GB 7200 SATA-II
Win 7 64bit
4GB Ram
HDMI'd to a Viewsonic 22" HDTV

And, I subscribe to AT&T U-Verse digital cable. I'm wondering how I can connect my AT&T U-verse digital cable to my HTPC so that Boxee will integrate nicely and play channels, record ones which TV shows I select, and hopefully allow for some kind of channel access to the AT&T U-verse channels. Either with the Boxee mini-keyboard remote or something else.

Anyone?

Thanks!

darcilicious
July 5th, 2011, 10:08 AM
Boxee doesn't have any PVR features, or the ability to integrate with live television directly with AT&T U-verse (or any other tv provider).

Now, if you were to implement a PVR solution with WMC (not sure if AT&T even supports CableCARD to do it or if you could use something like the Hauppauge HDPVR) then there's a good chance that Boxee could play back recorded files (and even recordings in progress). The other hurdle to jump over with this approach is the naming structure so that Boxee could scan/identify those recorded files so they show up in the My TV Shows / My Movies screens.

poincare_
July 5th, 2011, 10:21 AM
Hello, thank you for the reply. So a lot of that doesn't make sense. I just want to know how Boxee can integrate with my current setup (as described in my previous post). I do not have a WMC, CableCard, or Hauppauge (Main page--you speak German?) in my HTPC. But, if such software/hardware/configuration is required than I can consider it.

I like to interface of Boxee but at the moment it is not working between my HTPC and my digital cable. I'm just trying to figure out how to make that happen.

Any one have further suggestions?

Sorry I'm such a noob but I really want to make this work....

darcilicious
July 5th, 2011, 10:29 AM
Boxee doesn't work directly with any TV provider. Boxee will not work directly with AT&T U-Verse (nor with Comcast, TWC, FiOS, etc).

defenderbob
July 5th, 2011, 11:50 AM
Just to re-iterate. I also have U-Verse and what you are asking is not what Boxee is designed to to. It sounds like you are looking for a Tivo type setup or a PVR.

poincare_
July 6th, 2011, 08:31 AM
Defenderbob: what are some ways that you are using Boxee in conjunction with U-Verse?

So, I see that Boxee is restricted to non-live tv? What if I had some kind of USB TV tuner that could hook up to the U-Verse to receive its channels?

I thought PVRs were just for recording shows now for watching live tv?

Sorry if these are already answered. Again, I'm very new to Boxee and did not find anything in the FAQ or through searching to answer my questions.

Thanks!

darcilicious
July 6th, 2011, 08:56 AM
I thought PVRs were just for recording shows now for watching live tv? The way most PVRs work is that if you're watching Live TV through the PVR software, it is actually putting that live recording to a file. You can then use Boxee to watch that file.

However, to actually do all that, you must set up some kind ofTV tuner hardware and some kind of PVR software (in which case, depending on the PVR software, you might as well just use that to watch live tv).

The only way anyone is using U-Verse with Boxee is to use the Internet connection (not the TV portion) to watch videos that are on the web (YouTube, Vimeo, TV networks sites like CBS, Comedy Central, etc).

defenderbob
July 6th, 2011, 02:51 PM
Defenderbob: what are some ways that you are using Boxee in conjunction with U-Verse?

So, I see that Boxee is restricted to non-live tv? What if I had some kind of USB TV tuner that could hook up to the U-Verse to receive its channels?

I thought PVRs were just for recording shows now for watching live tv?

Sorry if these are already answered. Again, I'm very new to Boxee and did not find anything in the FAQ or through searching to answer my questions.

Thanks!

As Darci said, Boxee is only using the uVerse internet connections - which will the be the same for any provider. There is not a method to pipe the live TV in from Comcast / Rogers / uVerse / etc into the Boxee. The Boxee scours the Internet for providers of shows (and your local media repository) - some boxee apps connect directly to a specific site etc.

Currently I am looknig at cutting the TV cord and installing a digital antenna and using either a Boxee or Roku to save some $$, but I have not decided yet on what service I will use.

iRoNBiLL
July 6th, 2011, 03:07 PM
I'm wondering how I can connect my AT&T U-verse digital cable to my HTPC so that Boxee will integrate nicely and play channels, record ones which TV shows I select, and hopefully allow for some kind of channel access to the AT&T U-verse channels. Either with the Boxee mini-keyboard remote or something else.

Anyone?

Thanks!

You appear to be looking for a Digital Video Recorder, kind of like SageTV. Boxee pulls in content from the internet, not through traditional television channels.

iRoNBiLL