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Hello, I'm in the market for a TV tuner. I currently have Comcast for cable (both TV and internet). Anyway, I'm just looking to eliminate the cable box, I'd like to be able to control the cable from my HTPC.

I currently have all the HD channels and all that crap, will any of this matter with a TV tuner, or will I only get just the basic channels? Is a cable box generally preferred over a tuner?

Any links or suggestions are greatly appreciated, half-height cards would be best, but anything that will suit my needs with work!

Thanks!



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post #2 of 8
If you want to get rid of the box and still receive all the same channels, you need a Ceton cable tuner (around $400 + you monthly cable card rental fee of $5-15/month).
Homerun TV is supposed to be coming out (or have already?) with a model that is around $200.

If you get a tuner card that supports NTSC and Clear QAM, you will get most basic cable channels (for now, since Comcast (and most other cable providers) is moving all analog channels to digital over the next few months/years depending on your area) plus any unscrambled digital channels (usually just some of the local channels).

Another option is to plug your cable box into the tuner card and use an IR blaster (a little IR device that lets the HTPC communicate with the cable box). The problem with this is that you still have to use a set top box and many times it is only a SD signal that can be passed through.
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Originally Posted by blupupher View Post
Another option is to plug your cable box into the tuner card and use an IR blaster (a little IR device that lets the HTPC communicate with the cable box). The problem with this is that you still have to use a set top box and many times it is only a SD signal that can be passed through.
Unless you get a hauppage HD PVR which will do HD.
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Unless you get a hauppage HD PVR which will do HD.
Hauppauge Colossus is an internal PCI x4 PVR which is also supposed to do HD. I got one for my dad and he got it a week ago, but the poor guy doesn't want to set it up without me and I'm in college . Therefore, no idea how well it works.
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Hauppauge Colossus is an internal PCI x4 PVR which is also supposed to do HD. I got one for my dad and he got it a week ago, but the poor guy doesn't want to set it up without me and I'm in college . Therefore, no idea how well it works.
Unfortunately the Hauppauge Colossus still requires the set top box.. it will record HD 1080i video but only from the set top box.. which the OP is trying to get rid off... and as so far as I can tell from Hauppauges website ALL of the HD Recorders still require a set top box, unless it is the unencrypted QAM over the air HD channels.
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So basically.. changing my set up really doesn't make much sense?
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So basically.. changing my set up really doesn't make much sense?
Doesn't seem so at the moment.. unless someone comes up with a better alternative.
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thanks anyway guys.
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