Originally Posted by kavakos
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.