I think what I want to do can be done but I am confused by the variety of products available and I would appreciate some advice (free is good).
I am thinking that if I put one of these neat new video cards with TV tuner and DVD capabilities along with a DVD ROM drive I should be able to plug the output from the DirecTV receiver (S VHS output and TOSLINK out for dolby digital) or the digital cable receiver (only has coax analogue output for video; no S VHS or digital out)right into the computer.
What I would like to be able to do is set up the computer along with the audio visual system and be able to display the TV or DVD video in a "window" on the moniter (in this case a Panasonic 32" TV).
My thought is that a digital type moniter should not be required; ie, current TV should work. But, that is only speculation.
Anybody done something like this? If so what equipment are you using and are you pleased with the results?