Originally Posted by mjl4878
So i can just get a tv tuner card and plug the cable line in? I was under the impression that it was a little more difficult than that.
It depends, what cable company you have. I have comcast and they shut off all the Analog cable channels except for 2-13. To get any other channels a small cable box is required. If you can receive all the channels you want to get on the PC on the TV without a cable box you are good to go with any decent pc tv tuner. If the cable is switching over to digital at some time in the near future or you need a box to get the channels thing get a littler harder.
You have 2 option get another box for the PC and get a TV tuner with a media center remote with a IR blaster to control the box. This is setup throught WMC and requires a tvtuner card, which set on channel 3 or 4 and the media center will control the channel through the ir blaster to the cable box.
Option 2, get a cable card tuner for your PC and cable card from your cable company. There is only one internal Cable card tuner on the market made by Centon and its $400 and hard to get. Silicon Dust is coming out with an external cable card tuner that uses ethernet to transfer the pictures to the PC, it will be cheaper at $250.
The centon CC tuner is internal and will decode 4 streams so you can watch or record up to 4 shows at once. The silicon dust will decode 3 streams so you can watch or record 3 streams at once. The cool thing about sillicon image cc tuner is it will install as a local tuner to any pc on the network so you could watch 3 shows on 3 different machines with Windows Media Center. Yhe Cablecards will decode all the channels including pay channels but does not do interactive guides or ppv.