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So I've skimped out on the idea of an HTPC because the girlfriend said no. I still like the idea of recording some shows though myself, and am wondering if I could make the following work.

In my home office we have a cable hookup which is where the router is. I'm wondering if I can put a coaxial splitter there at the wall and have one cable going to the modem for internet, and another cable going to a TV card in my computer to record shows there.

Also, I have never had an HTPC before, so if possible, how would that work without a cable box present (or would I need a cable box also). We currently have one SD box in the bedroom and one HD DVR box in the living room, and are able to watching one show in the bedroom, a differnet show in the living room, and have another different show recording in the living room. My apologies if the preceding is not necessary information, but I have never cemented it into my mind what is necessary to watch differnet shows over one cable connection, etc.


Thanks!
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Yes, you can hook a splitter up and send the signal to the tv tuner card and to the cable modem no problem.

Your channel selection would be limited compared to the set top box. You would get most basic cable channels that are in SD (NTSC tuner) and whatever clear QAM channels they broadcast (usually just some local channels). This of course depends on what kind of tuner card you have.

Many cable companies are starting to take channels off the NTSC channels, so your results may vary.
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Be careful splitting the line to your internet. Some modems can be very picky on what they want to connect to. I have had a modem from Charter not want to connect to anything but the main line coming from the neighborhood cable box. I now have AT&T and I have split the line 7 or 8 times before hitting the modem.

Do you just want to record shows and watch them later? Since you pay for cable how would you feel about just magically getting the shows from the internet each week? Hulu, or those other sites
You could pick of one of these and stream over your network
    
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So I've skimped out on the idea of an HTPC because the girlfriend said no. I still like the idea of recording some shows though myself, and am wondering if I could make the following work.

In my home office we have a cable hookup which is where the router is. I'm wondering if I can put a coaxial splitter there at the wall and have one cable going to the modem for internet, and another cable going to a TV card in my computer to record shows there.

Also, I have never had an HTPC before, so if possible, how would that work without a cable box present (or would I need a cable box also). We currently have one SD box in the bedroom and one HD DVR box in the living room, and are able to watching one show in the bedroom, a differnet show in the living room, and have another different show recording in the living room. My apologies if the preceding is not necessary information, but I have never cemented it into my mind what is necessary to watch differnet shows over one cable connection, etc.


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Be careful about not getting the things you want in life because a woman told you no. Besides if you are planning on marrying her you better get a hold on that s-h-!-t now because it will get worse with time when she figures out she has the upper hand on you.

I know what I'm talking about, first marriage 2 years. Second 16 years. Trust me.

[/rant]
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^^ Words of wisdom from someone who's been there...
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Be careful about not getting the things you want in life because a woman told you no. Besides if you are planning on marrying her you better get a hold on that s-h-!-t now because it will get worse with time when she figures out she has the upper hand on you.

I know what I'm talking about, first marriage 2 years. Second 16 years. Trust me.

[/rant]
Be careful not talking out purchases with your significant other.
Do you know why she said no to him? Maybe he has trouble keeping expenses in check. Maybe they are saving for something. Maybe he just spend $5000 on something else.
Marriage is about compromise.
I know what I am talking about, first marrage 19 years and going.

As you can see, my advice is as useful as yours since we have no idea of his situation.
He is asking for HTPC help, not relationship advice.
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Be careful not talking out purchases with your significant other.
Do you know why she said no to him? Maybe he has trouble keeping expenses in check. Maybe they are saving for something. Maybe he just spend $5000 on something else.
Marriage is about compromise.
I know what I am talking about, first marrage 19 years and going.

As you can see, my advice is as useful as yours since we have no idea of his situation.
He is asking for HTPC help, not relationship advice.
it's always better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission
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