Just got my Ceton installed, and cablecard authenticated by FIOS. It took a trip by tech support to do it, since the phone method or even the installer computer didn't do it.
I'm loving it, including the WMC interface. And I was able to easily transfer a show from the HTPC to the video folder on my networked laptop, and have the program play without a hitch in my laptop MC. Woohoo.
But I do have a few, probably dumb questions on using the card to best advantage.
1: How do you 'watch' more than 1 channel at a time? I can record up to four programs simultaneously, no problem, but if I'm watching MSNBC and then tune to CNN, and then back to MSNBC -- the buffer is completely lost. The tuner acts as if I hadn't been tuned to MSNBC for an hour before switching channels. Is there some trick to get one program to 'pause' while I go to another channel, go back again and then 'resume'? Even my FIOS Motorola DVR could do that easily.
2: Is there really no buffer at all if I watch a program for a few minutes and *then* click 'record'? My DVR would record right back to the buffer (at least 45 minutes) in that case. Would a 'fix' if so be to set my record option to record, say, 10 minutes early for each program?
3: Under Tasks > Settings > TV > Audio > Dolby decoder setting -- the mode is set to 'night mode' and the other options (theater and normal modes) are grayed out. Is this because even though I've got HDMI out from the PC in to the TV - I've got optical out from the home theater system in to the PC? I can easily change modes using the sound system, so it's not a really big deal, but it's just bugging me because I can't figure it out -- LOL
Also, under audio I only have Analog TV audio (main and sap) -- so I'm not sure how to get the MC to recognize the home theater system. Maybe when I unhook the DVR and only have the HTPC, TV and sound system???
Seeing that Thanksgiving is upon us, let me give thanks to anyone who can answer these questions.