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I was told that I need to rent a CableCARD from Verizon if I wanted to get rid of their STB...I don't mind doing this, but wasn't clear as to whether or not I still need a TV Tuner for my HTPC build.

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I was told that I need to rent a CableCARD from Verizon if I wanted to get rid of their STB...I don't mind doing this, but wasn't clear as to whether or not I still need a TV Tuner for my HTPC build.

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If you are planning to use the cablecard as a DVR, You either need a complete CableCard Equiped HTPC which are sold as a complete system (not in parts) or a Series 3 Tivo that will take a CableCard.
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Thank you for the reply.

I'm still confused as to the set-up. I plan on using the HTPC as the DVR; if you wouldn't mind commenting on these parts (this might not be the right thread), I'd appreciate a quick explanation for what the CableCARD will do, and if I'm missing anything I need to make my HTPC a solid replacement for my DVD player and STB. Thanks again.

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Thank you for the reply.

I'm still confused as to the set-up. I plan on using the HTPC as the DVR; if you wouldn't mind commenting on these parts (this might not be the right thread), I'd appreciate a quick explanation for what the CableCARD will do, and if I'm missing anything I need to make my HTPC a solid replacement for my DVD player and STB. Thanks again.

As already noted, you can't build a CableCARD PC. You have to buy it already assembled. This is primarily due to security issues forced by content owners.

The function of the CableCARD is to unencrypt the digital tier and premium channels from your cableco. The only channels viewable/recordable without a CableCARD (or cableco STB) are the local HD channels in your area; ABC, CBS, FOX, MNTV, NBC, PBS, The CW. The CableCARD will allow you to view/record ESPN HD, TNT HD, Discovery HD, etc.

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Do you have any recommendations for CableCARD HTPCs?

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Friend of mine has a Dell XPS 420 he's been happy with. He got the dual ATITV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner option to go with it to give him two cablecard enabled tuners. This of course requires renting two cards from Verizon.

The Recorders and/or HTPC sections would probably offer more suggestions for you.

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