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    So, I am putting together a nice little home theater PC and I want to be able to get my HD channels without the cable box. What do you guys know of PC Cable Cards?

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    Re: PC Cable Cards, any insight?

    So you want to watch your Cable HDTV channels without the encrypted cable receiver box?

    That's not possible right now. Although you can watch regular over-the-air HDTV channels with a PCI HDTV tuner card.
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      Re: PC Cable Cards, any insight?

      I have been looking at these in the past, and got to say, every time I see an article about a new one getting released, the comments in the articles start talking about all the stuff that it doesn't have and won't be able to do. And if you read the reviews on like newegg, they seem to all pretty much suck, due to drivers or horrendous software.

      Most people instead go with something like BeyondTV (a lot of people like), or MythTV

      http://www.snapstream.com/

      http://www.mythtv.org/modules.php?name=MythFeatures
      (myth TV gets lots of good comments, and runs on Linux so you don't have to buy Windows to run on your HTPC, which saves about $100 or more)

      I would look though sites like that and read their forums to find some good choices. Those guys know what they are talking about.
      My understanding is due to all the DMR crap, it is very hard to get HD from your cable company onto your computer, and is easier to hook up to an antenna and pull it from over the air. To get it from the cable company you need a cable card, and while companies keep showing off PC tuners with cable cards at shows like CES, I have yet to see any I can actually buy and use with my time warner.

      I tried using an ATI TV wonder pro, and it sucked. I only paid $50 after rebates, but i don't think it was worth $10. Constantly had sound problems, clipping and horrible quality. I messed around with it for a few months and just gave up and it has been sitting in the box in the closet for 3 years now. And that was only normal standard TV. It would have probably exploded if I had tried HD.

      Personally, I am checking weekly on newegg for this one
      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815293002
      to finally get some comments from buyers. It was just released about a month ago, and I have googled a few times as well, and all I can find is press anoucements, and not actual reviews. But that card looks to have lots of good stuff, including an onboard encoder (very important so it takes less of your CPU to record stuff)

      Edit: just found this pretty good forum to look at the subject:
      http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=26

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        Re: PC Cable Cards, any insight?

        I got one off of Woot for like $20, is the Pinnacle HD stick, USB tuner..it does "ok"..

        it is, for me, basically useless as anything other than just using the PC as a PVR. It is USB, so it lags like hell a LOT, definately nothing I would purchase again...


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        • #5
          Re: PC Cable Cards, any insight?

          I am having problems finding info on cable card readers too, everything is old and out of date, and they don't say much. I have the parts, and I can tune normal channels no problem, but I want the HD ones :)

          I want to get rid of my cable box and use this instead. I know I can get the card from the cable company b/c I looked into it, but to get the hardware to read it is the problem.

          Thank you for the links, I will continue my search.

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            Re: PC Cable Cards, any insight?

            http://ati.amd.com/products/tvwonderdigital/index.html

            check it out.

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            • #7
              Re: PC Cable Cards, any insight?

              Sony actually makes one.
              I just remembered reading about it on engadget, and after some searching, found a link
              http://www.engadget.com/2007/10/25/s...by-its-loneso/

              but read the comments
              The article is from OCT of last year, so who knows if things have changed or you can hack it now. Maybe on e-bay.

              Edit: that is funny as hell. I hit post, saw you had posted, clicked link, and it was the same thing I was talking about.
              Read the comments in the post though for real details.

              Edit 2: And you wonder why so many people just download torrents. i don't personally, but I can see why.

              Edit 3: wow, they are expensive on ebay
              http://search.ebay.com/search/search...&fsop=1&fsoo=1

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