Unfortunately, the Media Center PC can't do this by itself, because it has
only one TV tuner. But there is a workaround, provided you're not getting
your TV via satellite or digital cable.
First, let's recall why it's "been possible for years on VCRs". The reason
is that your VCR and your TV each have a TV tuner. So, while the VCR's tuner
is recording one show, your TV's tuner allows you to watch the other.
Here's the workaround:
If you want to record one show on your Media Center PC while watching
another live, you'll need to put a splitter on your cable or antenna feed,
and connect it to both the Media Center PC's tuner and the antenna input on
your TV. When you want to watch TV while the PC is recording something else,
you should switch to your TV's antenna input, and use your TV's remote
control. Of course, you won't have any of the Media Center benefits, such as
the pause feature, while operating this way. When you want to watch what's
on the PC, switch your TV to the input that's connected to the PC (e.g.,
Video 1, or whatever your TV calls it).
This technique will not work with satellite or digital cable, unless you
have two separate set-top boxes. Each set-top box will tune only one channel
at a time.
John Elsbree [MS]
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> ... Can MCE record one show while
> simultaneously displaying another on the television that's
> connected to MCE?
> As you know, this is something that's been possible for
> years on VCRs and I wouldn't think would be a problem for
> MCE but just want confirmation.