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post #1 of 3 Old 08-24-2014, 07:51 PM - Thread Starter
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Replacing Satellite or U-Verse box with HTPC

I am going to moving into my own place next year and I'm not sure which TV service I will be getting yet. The choices are either cable, U-Verse/FIOS, Directv or Dish. I know I can get a cable card and put into a htpc if I chose cable but it won't work if I have satellite or fiber. Are there any alternatives to this or am I screwed and have to have a cable box?
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How do you feel about off-the-air? I used to use a Silicon Dust HDHomeRun Prime CableCARD tuner with Windows Media Center and Comcast cable. It worked, but it was honestly a bit of a pain in the ass and I was constantly playing tech support for my wife and kids. I dumped it for a quad-tuner Tablo DVR and have been much happier with it. The only caveat being I am now limited to OTA content. With the ability to watch and record all the major broadcast networks, plus subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime, I have not missed cable at all.

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You could buy something modular, like the WeTek Play, and then get any of the tuning modules when the need arises. My friend has one with a DVB-S tuner. He's thinking about buying the dual DVB-S tuner.
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