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Looking to get HD Cable channels on my PC for viewing/recording

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Thread Starter 
First off.. I don't know if I posted this in the right section.. Sorry if it isn't.

I have a HD tuner device on my pc and currently I'm only able to receive 5 HD channels. So in order to get the rest of the channels from the cable company I need to go through their box right?

Do most of these cable boxes have an coax cable output? I'm guessing they don't since 99% of the time, people just connect an HDMI cable to their HDTV.
post #2 of 7
Who are you with Charter, Comcast, Time Warner, or somebody else?? If you are with TWC you probably need a SDV converter also.

A Cablecard may work with your pc.
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Thread Starter 
I am with Cableone, a local cable company.

What is a cablecard exactly?
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CableCARD

They only work in cable company approved devices and may require the cable company to install it. You won't be able to plug one into any PC and get the encrypted HD channels.
post #5 of 7
Any Digital TV tuner with clear QAM will get at least the local HD channels; ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBC, etc.

For cable/sat HD you'll need a CableCARD host device in the PC, and a CableCARD from your cableco.
post #6 of 7
Another option is a Hauppauge card in your PC and component output from your STB or DVR. Note with this option you can only record what channel your STB/DVR is tuned to, or with the case of DVR what it might be playing.
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Originally Posted by Blackout71854 View Post

Do most of these cable boxes have an coax cable output? I'm guessing they don't since 99% of the time, people just connect an HDMI cable to their HDTV.

Please remember, the coaxial output of an HD cable box is not HD.
Only the HDMI and component outputs of an HD box are in HD.
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