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I built an htpc recently, but I haven't grabbed a tuner card for it yet. I'm not quite sure how they work, since I've never used one. I have digital cable, and I'd like to retain the ability to watch all of the extra channels with it, but I'm kind of lost as to how a tuner would interact with the box (or if it is even possible).

Is there a card that will pick up the extra channels, or will I only be able to pick up basic cable? If that's the case, I won't bother with the card, as the only things I really watch are HD channels.

Oh, it has to be low profile, too.
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Not sure if linking to specific vendors like the egg will get my hand slapped or not...

Look for "Ceton InfiniTV", it is a cable card tuner. Make sure your cable company will support it, as well as whatever system you're using. They're supposed to, by law in the US but the problem is that many staff members don't know what it is. I also know that many HD cable boxes support a firewire connection that MythTV supports, but I don't know what else does.

Anyways, do all the homework you can before buying. It will do the job in most cases but you may be doing something I never thought of... well, because I'm a lurker and raising my post count erodes my soul. wink.gif
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Not sure if linking to specific vendors like the egg will get my hand slapped or not...

Look for "Ceton InfiniTV", it is a cable card tuner. Make sure your cable company will support it, as well as whatever system you're using. They're supposed to, by law in the US but the problem is that many staff members don't know what it is. I also know that many HD cable boxes support a firewire connection that MythTV supports, but I don't know what else does.

Anyways, do all the homework you can before buying. It will do the job in most cases but you may be doing something I never thought of... well, because I'm a lurker and raising my post count erodes my soul. wink.gif

I'm looking for something a little more affordable than that. I might go with a Hauppauge 750q usb tuner.

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