Originally Posted by bill57
Currently, I have my cable hooked into an old VCR and into a DVD recorder. Neither has a Qam tuner. When the cable co. stops providing analog, what will I need in order to make recordings from my cable feed on my VCR and DVD recorder?
Get a CableCard tuner ($50 - $200 range), rent a CableCard from your provider (Free - $3.99/month) and connect the CableCard tuner to a Windows 7 PC. Connect PC to the TV, and get a Windows remote.
You will get all of the channels, will have the ability to view and record up to 6 channels at the same time (CableCard supports 6 streams at once) and will get a nice user friendly guide, as well as ability to get Netflix, Hulu and your own digital content on TV.
There are no monthly fees like you get with a company provided DVR or TiVO. The guide is provided for free my Microsoft (they have had this service since 2005, and have no plans to stop it).
And the best part is that you can connect up to 5 additional TVs (6 total) for free.