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looking for the best way to record HD cable channels?

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Hello. I am looking to record HD cable channels from my Xfinity Cable provider. I do not have a PVR type cable box and been looking for ways to record football games while I'm at work. Since I can watch the games in SD or HD I have a choice though I would rather watch in HD. I have a Panasonic DMR-EZ28 DVD Recorder but having the worse luck with it recording in HD. I've been Googling around and have been hearing about the Hauppauge HD PVR being able to do HD recordings. What are my other options or other devices that can record HD cable channels as well? I'm looking for the best in quality also. Thanks for any advice here.

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You can feed your cable box out to something like the Hauppauge Colossus. I don't know anything about it, but if your cable box supports component out, you can feed that to the Colossus and record it that way.

Does your cable provider *require* that you use a cable box of some kind to get the channels you want to record? If not, you could use a tuner card of some kind and record straight to a PC. Hauppauge makes models that can tune either analog cable or clear QAM digital cable.

For example, my cableco puts its standard lineup--channels 2 through 93--out in clear QAM, so that I can plug the cable straight into my TV just like before when it was analog. Those channels are overall not HD, but the cableco does put the local over the air digital feeds--HD, subchannels, etc.--out over the same clear QAM. That means even without a cable box, the appropriate Hauppauge tuner card would tune and record those local HD channels.
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I've been Googling around and have been hearing about the Hauppauge HD PVR being able to do HD recordings. What are my other options or other devices that can record HD cable channels as well?

Either something like that, or a Tivo w/lifetime (which will still need a CableCARD) or Moxi (lifetime fee included in price).

Or, you could look for something like a used LG LST-3410a. It has the old, analog "TV Guide on Screen" guide feature, but in the event of your cable company not passing along the analog TVGOS signal (which, unfortunately, is getting more and more common), it has manual timer setting backup.

You could even ask around in the 3410a thread in the "HDTV Recorders" section here. There are people selling theirs every once in awhile, because they've decided to upgrade to something that fits their needs better.

Their are a couple of other boxes that will do what you want with QAM tuners, I think, that are also listed in that section, but I don't know how reliable or well-built they are.
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Colossus is fantastic! I've been using it to archive movies (and True Blood for my wife) from Directv and it's great. I'm getting 1080i through component video and 5.1 audio through optical .ts recordings that stream without issue whatsoever to my Samsung UN55D6420 LED TV. I can highly recommend it, an you can use the component and optical passthrough function to watch what you're recording in HD. For less than $100, it was a very worthwhile purchase.
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If you can't or are unwilling to crack open your PC to put in the Colossus card, the Hauppauge HD PVR does basically the same function as the Colossus but in a standalone box, linked to the PC via USB. I've had one for a few years now and it's a fantastic box. I use it as my cable box PVR primarily but I also do a fair amount of dubbing with it from VCRs and my various disk players.
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