Configure MediaPortal TV Server to use S-Video or Composite Video (1 Viewer)


Portal Member
September 25, 2008
Home Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
TV-Server Version:
MediaPortal Version:
MediaPortal Skin: Blue3Wide
Windows Version: Vista Ultimate (64) SP1
CPU Type: AMD Athlon X2 6000
HDD: 1 x 140 Gb for OS, 600 Gb Raid5 for data
Memory: 2Gb
Motherboard: MSI K9N SLI
Video Card: ATI Radeon X1600
Video Card Driver: ATI 8.561.0.0
Sound Card: Realtek High Definition Audio Device (on montherboard)
Sound Card AC3:
Sound Card Driver: Microsoft 6.0.6000.16386
1. TV Card: hauppauge HVR4000
1. TV Card Type: Triband
1. TV Card Driver: 88x_2_122_26109_WHQL
MPEG2 Video Codec: MPV Decode Filter
MPEG2 Audio Codec: MPA Decode Filter
h.264 Video Codec: Core AVC 1.8.5, DivX 7.1, Matroska Pack Full v1.1.2
Satelite/CableTV Provider: Sky (EuroBird)
HTPC Case: Tower
Cooling: Air
Power Supply: Thermaltake
Remote: Microsoft Remote
TV: Philips 1080p
TV - HTPC Connection: HMDI

I have a Hauppauge HVR4000 card and MediaPortal can see the the three tuner sections of this card (Analogue, Terrestrial Digital and Satellite) and tune them OK. However, the only way I can receive Sky channels is via my Sky box which is plugged into the S-video / Composite video connector.

Windows Media Centre only works with the composite connector - not the tuner so to watch Sky, I have to swap to the much poorer programme. (Many thanks to the MediaPortal developers :))

I would like to setup MediaPortal to use the composite connector on the Hauppauge card. Can anybody offer any advice.


PS. As an alternative, I have heard there are now tuner cards available that will receive accept your Sky card and receive encrypted channels. Can anybody recommend a card that will work with MediaPortal and receive HDTV.


Portal Member
January 25, 2009
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United States of America United States of America
Did you ever get an answer?

Ireland P, did you ever get an answer on this? I have a similar problem with an external set top box and a Hauppauge 1600 card.

I've got MediaPortal to display the basic Channel 4 from coax input but I can't change channels

I use ServerBlaster to control the Hauppauge IR Blaster, which seems to work fine - but I get a black screen when I try to watch one of the programmed channels.

I think I have a channel mapping issue.


Portal Member
September 25, 2008
Home Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have not made any progress on this. You appear to be doing better than me :)

In Tv server, I have gone into the analogue card, added the S Video channels and in the TV Channels section can see 9 new entries labelled CVBS#1 to 3, SVideo#1 to 3 and RGB#1 to 3. However if I try to preview any of them I get a pop-up with "unknown error". I am able to preview other channels in Tv Server.

My only thinking is that I installed the addon to allow Windows Media Center to work with the Hauppauge analogue input channels of the card (which it does!) - but it cannot use the tuner part of the card.

Please let me know if you make any progress.


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