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post #1 of 2 Old 10-20-2008, 02:23 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm interested in building my own HTPC using a PCI TV card. I checked into this a couple years ago and people were telling me that doing HD was not possible. I'm checking back in now that it's 2008. I have a 46" Sharp Aquos, and I get local channels in HD using the TV's built-in tuner. So I'm just running a coax cable right into the TV.

My question is, is there a TV card (PCI or PCI express) that I can plug my coax cable into and get the same local HD channels? I'd like to build an HTPC w/ Vista Home Premium, and be able to view/record HD content.

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You'll be wanting to do some reading in this forum, but the short answer is yes, you should be able to get all the locals in what's called clear QAM on cable. Recording them in Vista is another matter - you'll probably have the best luck with a device called the HD Homerun, which is a dual tuner Ethernet-attached unit specifically made for recording these channels in XP or Vista Media Center. There are other options, but this one is the easiest IMO.
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