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alternatives to HDPVR-1212 ?

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Are there any competing products from other vendors?
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There's a thread discussing the upcoming CableCARD tuners being released by Ceton and other manufacturers. You'll be able to use a single M-card with up to six tuners that are capable of tuning your digial cable and FIOS channels using youir HTPC directly, eliminating the need for the HD-PVR and STB's. The OEM requirement is being lifted, allowing users to install CableCARD tuners in any HTPC using Win 7 Media Center.
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Any idea on the release date? And the pricing for the 2 and the 4 tuner cards?

p.s.... I wonder if the card will work SageTV =)))
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I believe Hauppauge will be releasing their tuner by the end of the year and Ceton will have their 4-tuner model available in the first quarter of 2010, followed by the 2-tuner model shortly afterwards, IIRC. The 6-tuner version will only be made available to OEMs. Pricing has not been announced for any models yet, but the 4-tuner version is speculated to be in the $300-400 range (take this with a grain of salt as nothing is firm yet).

There's no announcement that these cards will work with any third-party apps at this time. So far they're only slated to work in Win 7 Media Center.
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Originally Posted by Teknologikal View Post

Any idea on the release date? And the pricing for the 2 and the 4 tuner cards?

p.s.... I wonder if the card will work SageTV =)))

Prolly not for awhile. Just because the hardware requirement has been lifted doesn't mean DRM is. SageTV will need to provide DRM and a protected path all the way up to the display device and then it will need to get certified by Cablelabs.
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Will these cable cards allow you to record any channel? What I'm trying to say is: Will there be any restrictions as to what you can record with the cable cards?
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They record every channel except for ondemand/ PPV.
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The closest thing to an actual competitor to the HD PVR (ie capable of capturing HD component video), is the Blackmagic Intensity Pro. But it's not directly supported by any of the PVR apps.
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Will these cable cards allow you to record any channel? What I'm trying to say is: Will there be any restrictions as to what you can record with the cable cards?

They'll allow recording from every channel you're subscribed to once the CableCARD has been activated by your provider. The only caveat is that some providers will flag content that will prevent you from copying the program to another device or burning it to DVD. Many of the cable companies flag premium channels to prevent this. To date, FIOS has yet to flag any channels, although this could change at any time. It will not prevent you from recording any shows to your HTPC and playing them back.
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They'll allow recording from every channel you're subscribed to once the CableCARD has been activated by your provider. The only caveat is that some providers will flag content that will prevent you from copying the program to another device or burning it to DVD. Many of the cable companies flag premium channels to prevent this. To date, FIOS has yet to flag any channels, although this could change at any time. It will not prevent you from recording any shows to your HTPC and playing them back.

Yeah I've heard about the flags. Thanks for info. Looks like I'll stick with 1212 since I'm not restricted in any way.
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Originally Posted by captain_video View Post

They'll allow recording from every channel you're subscribed to once the CableCARD has been activated by your provider. The only caveat is that some providers will flag content that will prevent you from copying the program to another device or burning it to DVD. Many of the cable companies flag premium channels to prevent this. To date, FIOS has yet to flag any channels, although this could change at any time. It will not prevent you from recording any shows to your HTPC and playing them back.

AFAIK, everything recorded through a CableCard (OCUR) tuner in Windows is DRM'd and unusable on anything but the PC it was recorded on or extenders connected to it. The hope is that will change with Windows 7 and some relaxed restrictions.
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avermedia has a similar device to the blackmagic intensity. it uses the cpu for mpeg-2 encoding, so you will need a pretty beefy cpu to make it work.



don't know if it is available, though...

http://www.avermedia.com/avertv/prod...il.aspx?Id=499
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I just want to add the the cable card tuners are NOT replacements for the HD-PVR. As I know it, there is no replacement for it.

No other tuner takes component or HDMI in and feeds that signal into popular PVR software solutions.

It is STB agnostic and thus has a HUGE lead over cable card based solutions. The HD-PVR work with cable and satellite, and realyl anything with an STB.
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It doesn't have a huge lead as its expensive and doesn't work all the time. TO have a multi-tuner setup you need 2 HDPVR's and two cable boxes. That's a lot of sh*t. Add to that the fact that it only works 90% of the time and records the cable box overlays in the video stream.

Its a kludge.
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Originally Posted by stanger89 View Post

AFAIK, everything recorded through a CableCard (OCUR) tuner in Windows is DRM'd and unusable on anything but the PC it was recorded on or extenders connected to it. The hope is that will change with Windows 7 and some relaxed restrictions.

I believe that's only true if the provider attaches the aforementioned flags to the broadcast channel. A few digital cable providers do this with premium channels while others do it to many others as well. If you're only interested in setting up the CableCARD tuners for use as a DVR and only plan to use the recordings for playback on the same machine, none of this should matter in the least. Besides, I'm on FIOS and so far they haven't bothered to flag any channels.

I don't have media extenders throughout my house and only use my HTPC in my home theater setup so all of this is moot for my situation. However, I can see how this might be of concern to many others that distribute recorded media throughout your home to remote TVs. I'm just thrilled that I'll finally be able to get rid of the two S3 Tivos in my setup and eliminate the monthly fees for the Tivo service.
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It doesn't have a huge lead as its expensive and doesn't work all the time. TO have a multi-tuner setup you need 2 HDPVR's and two cable boxes. That's a lot of sh*t.

I used to think so to, until I actually switched to satellite and lived with it.

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Add to that the fact that it only works 90% of the time

It's way better than that. I probably only have problems about as often as the DRM in WMC screws up.

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...and records the cable box overlays in the video stream.

Don't bother me at all.

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Its a kludge.

But for everyone with Satellite there's no alternative, and for those with cable there is (IMO) no good alternative.

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Originally Posted by captain_video View Post

I believe that's only true if the provider attaches the aforementioned flags to the broadcast channel.

That's what is supposed to happen with the upcoming new firmware for the ATI OCUR devices that was announced at CEDIA, hopefully sometime first half 2010, IIRC. I'm about 99% sure that everything that goes through an OCUR with a CableCard installed is wrapped in PlayReady DRM. See here for more info:
https://msmvps.com/blogs/chrisl/arch...9/1641441.aspx

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A few digital cable providers do this with premium channels while others do it to many others as well. If you're only interested in setting up the CableCARD tuners for use as a DVR and only plan to use the recordings for playback on the same machine, none of this should matter in the least.

The "only DVR use" thing isn't a huge deal. But with the horribly limited WMC extenders, the limitation to only the machine that recorded it is a huge blow to usability.
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