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Help Upgrading from Clear Qam to Cable Card

post #1 of 10
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Right now I have an XP Pro HTPC "server" with clear qam card(s). I schedule & record on it then playback recordings on other machines on my network.

I am interested in HDHR3 for the cable card channels.

Does GBPVR work with HDHR3? which version?
Can I record everything on my HTPC as TS/TP and playback the recordings on any networked machine (like my current setup)?
How about file playback using the iPad2 app?
Do I really need Win7 on my HTPC?
Will I need Win7 on every pc if I just want file playback? What about live tuner access?
Are there any stand alone network media boxes that can access the HDHR3 tuners and recorded files?
post #2 of 10
No. Cablecard only works with win7/xbox360.
No. Win 7 media center records in .wtv
No. The ipad2 does not support .wtv nor does it support mpeg2 compression which is the most common compression used by cable companies. You would have to re-encode recordings to something the the ipad2 supports assuming that the recording is not copy protected.
Either win7 or you can use an extender like the xbox360 to access recordings/live tv.
Xbox360 is about it unless you can find some older (no longer in production) extenders but I don't recall their names right now.

There is also issue of drm that will have to deal with but that depends entirely on your cable provider and how they set the copy flags.
post #3 of 10
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I'm not interested in copy flagged premium movie channels. This says NextPVR (gbpvr) can do cablecard:
http://www.silicondust.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11940

Maybe that means it can be run under XP & record in TS/TP?
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by Zagor View Post

No. Cablecard only works with win7/xbox360.

..and Vista.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by hammerdwn View Post

I'm not interested in copy flagged premium movie channels. This says NextPVR (gbpvr) can do cablecard:
http://www.silicondust.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11940

Maybe that means it can be run under XP & record in TS/TP?

You had to have a "special" version of XP for cable card. If you use the HDHR Prime you do not have to have any card in a "server". But wyou will need a PC using Win7 or Vista (as the earlier posters pointed out).

Any Win7 PC will be able to load the silicondust HDHR drivers and access its tuners. They have good instructions on the setup requirements, etc., at that site.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by hammerdwn View Post

I'm not interested in copy flagged premium movie channels. This says NextPVR (gbpvr) can do cablecard:
http://www.silicondust.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11940

Maybe that means it can be run under XP & record in TS/TP?

Premium movie channels may not be the only copy flagged channels. Some cable companies copy flag ALL their channels except for local broadcast channels (TWC is known to do this). It all depends on your cable provider.
post #7 of 10
I don't ever remember any 'special' version of XP that supported CableCARD. My memory, old and decrepit as it is, indicates that Vista was the first to support CableCARD and only with the TVPack, which also introduced the .wtv format as a replacement to the .drv-ms container.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Zagor View Post

Some cable companies copy flag ALL their channels except for local broadcast channels (TWC is known to do this).

Copy that for TWC that serves Torrance, CA.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by ghostlobster View Post

I don't ever remember any 'special' version of XP that supported CableCARD. My memory, old and decrepit as it is, indicates that Vista was the first to support CableCARD and only with the TVPack, which also introduced the .wtv format as a replacement to the .drv-ms container.

No version of XP ever supported CableCARD. There was a special version of XP that had Windows Media Center in it, but CableCARD support did not appear until Vista.

Now using a non-MS product to tune CableCARD is a little more interesting. Our drivers will actually load and work on Windows Vista (but not XP), however Windows Media Center on Vista has issues that prevent the use of a MOCUR, like the InfiniTV. You should be able to use a third-party software package which supports CableCARD on Vista, but we would consider this not supported and largely untested. I know our drivers don't work on XP as they are NDIS 6.0 drivers.

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Originally Posted by Teeps View Post

Copy that for TWC that serves Torrance, CA.

TWC flags pretty much everything as copy once. Other MSOs are more liberal with their flagging.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by ghostlobster View Post

I don't ever remember any 'special' version of XP that supported CableCARD. My memory, old and decrepit as it is, indicates that Vista was the first to support CableCARD and only with the TVPack, which also introduced the .wtv format as a replacement to the .drv-ms container.

Sorry about that. I confused the OEM version of Vista that originall cam out with cable card support with XP. My bad.
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