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Old 08-21-2011, 03:13 PM - Thread Starter
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So I am thinking of building a PVR.

I have Verizon FiOS in NJ.

I want to be able to record any channel I have while watching another channel at the same time and play netflix movies.

I assume I would need to get a cablecard for the tuner, so the tuner could record stuff while the STB watches live TV.

After setting up the HTPC/PVR, how would I set things up? I have a coax coming from the wall going into the STB. Would I get a coax splitter or something?

Here are the parts I am thinking of:
Case -
Graphics Card:
Power Supply:

Anything missing/incompatible?

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Old 08-21-2011, 03:44 PM
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Assuming you are adding that cablecard tuner to an already rented/purchased Verizon Fios tuner I would think you will need to split the cable before the tuners so that each has its own feed.
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If you're getting a cablecard tuner what's the point of keeping the rented STB? It just makes thing more complicated and waste money on rental fees.

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All cablecard tuners currently available, with the exception of the discontinued ATI tuner, have at least two integrated tuners so there's no need for a set-top box to watch TV. You can easily record one channel while watching another on your PC.
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