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You will need a cablecard tuner in order to get most of the channels. Like Aidic06 said, get a ceton cablecard tuner. I have the USB version, and it works fantastically. You don't need a set top box, but will need a cable card. Comcast in my area charges $1.50 per month for it. I am on Frontier Fios and pay 3.99 a month for my cablecard.
 
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Ceton Quad Tuner (PCI-E) ~$199
Ceton Quad Tuner (USB) ~$199
SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME Triple Tuner (Ethernet) ~$219
SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME 6CC Six Tuners (Needs two cablecards) (Ethernet) ~$420
Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner (USB) ~$99


Edit: Be warned though, sometimes very difficult to get your TV service provider to give you a CableCard. It is mandated by the FCC that cable companies must provide a cablecard for third party cable devices. However, it is an uncommon request by 99% of TV subscribers, so you may go around in circles looking for a sales person or a tech that knows what a cablecard even is. I spent an hour and a half trying to get frontier to send out a cablecard to me before they told me to call back tomorrow when the lines weren't as busy.

The next morning I called in and spent an additional 20 minutes getting it ordered. I was then called back several hours later saying "A tech is coming out for the fios and TV installation". I then explained to the lady, I already had Fios service and just wanted to add a cablecard to my account. She knew what it was and placed the order. About an hour later a tech came by with the cablecard and wrote down the serial number. He needed a few other numbers on the ceton device in order to get the cablecard paired and activated.

I would recommend BEFORE the tech comes out (If they send one out, I know comcast allows self installation in my area) that you read through all the documentation on how to install all the drivers and utilities. And where to find HostID and a couple other numbers needed for activation.
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I know in my area they didn't even know what a cable card was, I had to call their north east headquarters in my state to get someone who knew what it was, so that's a good tip to check ahead.

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I know in my area they didn't even know what a cable card was, I had to call their north east headquarters in my state to get someone who knew what it was, so that's a good tip to check ahead.
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It seems like most people are willing just to pay for DVR services than to deal with finding a cheaper solution. So the cable cards aren't as common, but FCC says that cable companies must provide the cable cards. So, just push in customer service and it will get to you.
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Comcast is very familiar with the cablecards. I went in to the office, asked for a multistream CC...took 1 phone call to get it running...
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Comcast is very familiar with the cablecards. I went in to the office, asked for a multistream CC...took 1 phone call to get it running...

Around here they thought I was speaking Greek! rolleyes.gif
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That's a bummer...here in Denver, there are a lot of people that use them for their TIVOs, so they are pretty familiar with them...bummer that you had a tough time...
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Around here they thought I was speaking Greek! rolleyes.gif

They are actually required by law to provide one. thumb.gif
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Around here they thought I was speaking Greek! rolleyes.gif

They are actually required by law to provide one. thumb.gif

Oh yeah I know, I have one biggrin.gif
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