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All I need TV for are live sports... I currently have Comcasts digital limited package which includes channels up to like 100 then HD channels. I suppose I only need local HD stations and then for ESPN I can watch ESPN3 through my XBOX.

In order to do this, I guess I also need a tuner to decode HD signal right? Will I need a digital converter at all?
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I believe you need ClearQAM TV Tuner Card to do Cable..

Check out this WinTV Tuner Card

Here are the Details on the TV Tuner Card:

Watch and record two TV programs at the same time: two analog cable TV channels, two digital TV channels or one analog cable and one clear QAM digital cable TV channel.

When recording analog cable TV, the dual built in hardware MPEG-2 encoders let your PC run at full speed.

Watch and record 'clear QAM' digital TV. Clear QAM digital TV channels are TV channels which are broadcast "in the clear" on your cable TV network.

Includes Hauppauge's WinTV v7 application, which allows you to watch analog cable TV, QAM and ATSC digital TV channels.

Now with on-board IR remote control with dual IR blasters. For Windows Media Center and Hauppauge WinTV v7!

Now supports Windows 7!

Built-in antenna splitter allows you to make one connection to an ATSC antenna but watch and record up to 2 channels.

Supports Dolby Digital AC3 audio.

Composite/S-Video and audio inputs, for cable or satellite set top boxes or VCRs.

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That Media Center Remote is really nice, I used this card in a HTPC I built my brother he LOVES that card..
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HAH, $130? Yeah, NO F'n way! No offense... but digital cable is pushing forward and cablecards are the future.
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HAH, $130? Yeah, NO F'n way! No offense... but digital cable is pushing forward and cablecards are the future.
Don't say "No Way" just yet.

How much $$$$$ do you blow per year for 100 channels of cable TV you mostly don't watch? Around here to get the 1st 100 channels it costs around $70/month then there's the crap fees and taxes that snowballs. As a result of ditching cable I no longer waste ~$1000/year on crap that I almost never watch.

With a cable card it is a one time thing...the cost you can recover in less than two months versus paying TWC or Comcast.
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With a cable card it is a one time thing...the cost you can recover in less than two months versus paying TWC or Comcast.
Umm, you do realize CableCARD still requires digital cable subscription, right? You just won't have to pay $5~25 rental for the cable company's crappy set-top box/DVR.

I've actually cancelled cable service and live sports is one of the things I miss about it. Most games I can watch through ESPN360 and local channels but there's no other way to get FSN other than pay TV.
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Umm, you do realize CableCARD still requires digital cable subscription, right? You just won't have to pay $5~25 rental for the cable company's crappy set-top box/DVR.

I've actually cancelled cable service and live sports is one of the things I miss about it. Most games I can watch through ESPN360 and local channels but there's no other way to get FSN other than pay TV.
I forget as I just use an amplified digital rabbit ear to get the local stations.
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Originally Posted by rui-no-onna View Post
Umm, you do realize CableCARD still requires digital cable subscription, right? You just won't have to pay $5~25 rental for the cable company's crappy set-top box/DVR.

I've actually cancelled cable service and live sports is one of the things I miss about it. Most games I can watch through ESPN360 and local channels but there's no other way to get FSN other than pay TV.
This is what I was going to say... Well I can live w/o FSN... I'm sure I can get any tuner card w/ ClearQAM and be okay.
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So you want to dump cable and go with OTA correct? How many programs do you want the ability to record at once? What OS are you running?
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I'm running Windows 7 on all my machines (sig & HTPC). I don't care about how many things I can record... I don't think there will be anything crazy I would want to record on basic channels that I can't get on hulu...
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This is what I was going to say... Well I can live w/o FSN... I'm sure I can get any tuner card w/ ClearQAM and be okay.
Actually, you want an ATSC tuner (for antenna) if you're cancelling your cable service. Clear QAM is for unencrypted cable. Pretty much any clear QAM tuner will do ATSC, though.
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