Okay... read the thread and apparently I'm not up on all the lingo like I thought I was. I believe I'm wanting to do what everyone else here is wanting to do, and that's make my computer into a Tivo.. except much cooler... which is very possible, from what I understand, with just regular old cable. My question is this, when my cableco (charter) makes us all switch to digital, none of this will work? Is that the QAM question? (that's what I gather anyways... I could be off base). So regardless of whether or not the chanel is broadcasting in HD at that moment, the AIW cards won't work with digital cable?... That's to say you can't just plug the cable straight from the wall into your AIW and have it work... right?
What about plugging in the AIW after the STB? Will that work? I called the cableco last night (yeah ... I know... silly idea) and of course got the normal tech support ******. He looked it up in his book and said that "Tivo type boxes will still work with digital cable", but he said that you'd plug it in AFTER the STB... which as I'm understanding it... you won't be able to change the chanel on the HTPC... only record what is coming through at that moment? Is all this right, or am I headed down the wrong noob path?
Last question, I have the Panasonic PT-47WX53 which does PIP from one source in the back... is that going to still work with a STB?
Thanks guys... sorry for the noob questions...