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So we've finally discussed getting cable again, but what I'm looking for is a way to be able to watch tv on my computer while my daughter uses the tv in the same room. What would be the best way to go about this. The main things I want to be able to get are the major local networks, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and a lot of the regular cable channels like Discovery Travel etc....Can live with or without HD, I just want to be able to send a feed into my computer and control it from there.
post #2 of 9
A cable splitter would work.
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^^^ That..... I do it in my house and actually have the cable split 3 times!

No problems with the picture on the monitor or the TV's
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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.
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Nope...... get a cable splitter and connect the main cable to the IN and the TV and computer to the OUT sides and you're good to go on both.

As far as the tuner, have you made any decisions yet? I would go with a hardware encoder model as it will use less of the processor to function. I made that mistake with my first one, the processor would be sitting at 60+ percent if I was watching TV and surfing
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Nope...... get a cable splitter and connect the main cable to the IN and the TV and computer to the OUT sides and you're good to go on both.

As far as the tuner, have you made any decisions yet? I would go with a hardware encoder model as it will use less of the processor to function. I made that mistake with my first one, the processor would be sitting at 60+ percent if I was watching TV and surfing
So going through the cable box is it going to be possible to control what I watch through the computer so that the person watching tv can watch something else than me?

As for a tuner I have not picked one yet, or really looked at any very closely
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You split the cable before the set top box. 1 goes to the STB, one goes to the tuner on the computer. Make sure to get one with NTSC and Clear QAM to get the most channels.
That being said, your cable channels will be limited. Depending on your cable provider, the days of analog are limited. Most cable companies are moving everything to encrypted digital. I got rid of cable when they moved Sci-fi to digital (ie STB required) only.

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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.
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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.

So basically this post summed up and made sense outta all the info I've come across. I do have comcast and I think I'll just wait for now and stick to the current methods I have for watching tv programming, albeit it not live, lacking commercials and no news etc but w/e

Big +1 to everyone though
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