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Looking for one for my PC. I have 2 PCI-E slots and 1 PCI slot open. I maybe able to get a PCIe x1 slot open.

Need it to be able to do coaxial or whatever the standard Charter uses for basic cable now.

Are there any other functions for a TV tuner, other than watching TV on my computer?

Does anyone think buying a Stereo receiver that has HDMI out and coaxial (or whatever my TV uses for basic cable) input instead would be better?

I'd have the cable go into the receiver > then I would have HDMI out to monitor #1 and basic A/V out to my TV. I would then have my 2nd monitor hooked up via VGA.

Would that be fine for gaming on my PC? It would go PC > receiver > monitor.

Thanks!
Edited by pLuhhmm - 10/13/11 at 7:30pm
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post #2 of 24
You can get HVR-1250 for around $50 new, or $30 @ ebay.

What basic cable are we talking about here? Cable from Comcast, Times Warner, etc? Or cable from TV antenna?
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Originally Posted by trumpet-205 View Post
You can get HVR-1250 for around $50 new, or $30 @ ebay.

What basic cable are we talking about here? Cable from Comcast, Times Warner, etc? Or cable from TV antenna?
Charter. It just goes directly into my TV.
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post #4 of 24
This Charter?
http://www.charter.com/

HVR-1250 can do ClearQAM (unencrypted cable channel), which allows you to watch local channels from Charter (channels like ABC, FOX, CBS, etc. No Food Network, Disney, etc.). To watch the rest of the channels you need a CableCARD tuner. No CableCARD tuner that I'm aware of is priced around $50.
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post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by trumpet-205 View Post
This Charter?
http://www.charter.com/

HVR-1250 can do ClearQAM (unencrypted cable channel), which allows you to watch local channels from Charter (channels like ABC, FOX, CBS, etc. No Food Network, Disney, etc.). To watch the rest of the channels you need a CableCARD tuner. No CableCARD tuner that I'm aware of is priced around $50.
From what I'm reading, you need some kind of card for a CableCARD? I just have my cable directly into my TV.

Are the old ATI TV Wonders capable of getting me the same channels I'd get on my TV (with just a direct cable line)?
Edited by pLuhhmm - 10/15/11 at 2:46am
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If you can already watch the channels you normally get without a cable box are they unencrypted? I was going to look in to this myself and see if I could just run a cable from my cable box to a tuner card and then to the tv.
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Basically if anyone is confused.

We have a main cable that was installed by the cable company, just like anyone does that has cable. It is then split under the house to different rooms. One Room has a cable box for HDTV and premiums. I am not trying to get those channels. In my room, I just have the basic TV cable going into a tube TV's coaxial port. All I get are your basic channels you get without a cable box. Fox, CBS, ESPN, Disney, MTV, ect ect.

What I want to do is: have the cable go into my PC VIA a TV tuner or whatever, that then allows me to watch these channels on my PC.

As a bonus, I'd also like to get the free HD channels like Fox separately from an antenna if possible, for football games.

---------

What I am assuming is the cable that goes into my TV is not encrypted right? Isn't the point of a cable box to decrypt signals? So I'd assume a TV like mine, only has a basic TV tuner, correct?
Edited by pLuhhmm - 10/15/11 at 3:26am
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I think a lot of cable companies are trying to do the same and require cable boxes for even basic. Only thing I could think is if there is some type of decryption component in the actual tv tuner. I'm total noob to this stuff though
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I think a lot of cable companies are trying to do the same and require cable boxes for even basic. Only thing I could think is if there is some type of decryption component in the actual tv tuner.
They want people like us to rent out all their cable boxes for all our tvs like satellite companies do, instead of having 1 cable box for a main room, and basic cable every where else -_- Biggest rip off Ive ever heard of! It's like saying you need to rent a special router to have wifi in your house to share the signal you pay for!

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I'm total noob to this stuff though
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I agree, if you're already paying for more then basic cable (which is already way too much) they should just give you up to 3 cable boxes to use. Sadly there's not even much worth watching on tv any more.
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