I have been looking for a way to replace my time warner rented DVR, but after much comparison and calculation, there isn't one DVR solution that comes close to subscription based DVR systems (cable provider or TiVo) otherwise it either costs much higher or there isn't a single one solution that does it all. The reviews I read about Hauppauge had always problem with one or the other broadcasting standards, it would either work with ATSC but would have problem with NTSC, or it would skip many CQAM channels, or it would have issues when switching from ATSC to NTSC or in CQAM when hooked up directly to coax.
My TV finds and tunes/maps all the channels I would need without the box, so that concludes that I don't need the cable box to watch any channels, I simply need something that can record what I see on my TV (or have a similar external tuner that will catch the same channel line up) and just be able to watch it.
Has someone built a HTPC/DVR with a hauppauge tuner + hdmi video card and be able to confidently say that it does everything a TV & DVR can do (tuning+recording) and not miss/lose any channels that they would otherwise get? If so, please share so we can apply the same.
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