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How to watch S3 programing on PC?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by VicV_1, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. VicV_1

    VicV_1 New Member

    Feb 5, 2006
    Parma, Ohio
    I want to hook-up my PC to a S3. My PC has a WinTV card in it. Hooking up the cable direct to the input of the tv card works fine but when I hookup a s-video cable from the tv card to the S3 I get no picture on my computer screen. What do I need to do to get this to work?
  2. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    The only way to watch recordings on your PC, is to transfer them from the Tivo to the PC over the LAN.

    I assume you already have a LAN connection to the Tivo for daily updates?

    First, you need to activate downloads and transfers for your Tivo:


    Then you'll need to download and install Tivo Desktop to your computer.



    Wait, you are trying to put the output of the Tivo into a capture card of some sort, or is it a tuner card?
  3. bshrock

    bshrock Member

    Jan 6, 2012
    Which Hauppauge WinTV card is it? The one I am familiar with from 1990's the "S-Video" Input had a couple of extra pins that have the audio signal on it and you need to use break-out the cable that came with the card the cable converts to 3 connectors the S-Video and Left and Right audio connectors.

    My remote did not have a button to change the inputs and I had to change it in programs properties I was running a non windows OS and the time so the menus are probably different.
  4. Teeps

    Teeps Active Member

    Aug 16, 2001
    I have a Premier XL4 connected to my pc through the composite input (don't ask) of a MyHd130 tuner/capture card.

    It works without TiVo software but the resolution can only be 480i.
    All programming can be viewed even copy right material.
  5. VicV_1

    VicV_1 New Member

    Feb 5, 2006
    Parma, Ohio
    I have a WinTV-Pr-350 tv card. Also I want to watch the tivo programming through Beyond Tv software. I think I might have to add a inline coax signal amplifier as I did when the S3 was hooked up in the Family room.
  6. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    You're making it much too complicated.. As stated, you can download the shows directly from your Tivo (over the network). That's much easier than trying to hook the video outputs of your Tivo to your computer.
  7. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    Looking at the specs for that card, S-video is for output, not input.


    In order to use that card the way you want, you need an RF modulator in between the Tivo and that tuner card.
  8. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    The OP is in Ohio which means most likely TWC, which copy protects all but local broadcast stations thus preventing transfers to a PC. Many other cable systems do the same or similar.
  9. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Apparently you have a tuner card when what you need to do what you're talking about here is a video capture card, although see if your cable company has a way to defeat that before buying one.

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