Originally Posted by bigpoppa206
So in anticipation of Comcast encrypting local digital channels, any ideas how to provide a feed for a Samsung TV (sadly component only, the HDMI connection is loose and fell inside the set...its the older HDTV tube style) and my HTPC? I'd rather not start incurring too much more in monthly costs from Comcast.
I see I can get a Ceton card with a cablecard that would provide a feed to my PC but what would I need to send the signal over to the TV? Since WMC only sees 3 tuners (what I read) is it safe to assume I can still record from 2 channels while viewing a 3rd? Sorry for the noob questions but I'd like to head this off before the change.
It's actually 4 tuners of any one kind. 4 NTSC, 4 ATSC, 4 Clear QAM, 4 CableCard (and you can have more than 1 type IF they run as seperate devices)
So if you have a Silicon Dust Prime like I do, you'll have three usable CableCard tuners (because that's what the Prime has in it).
Regardless of the type of tuner, you can do whatever you want with them - record 3 shows at once, watch 1 and record 2 shows, etc. The only limitations are that you can only watch one at a time while ignoring or recording on as many otherwise unused tuners as you want.
Connect your TV to the PC by whatever the 'best' connection type that you have - HDMI, etc. It has to be HDCP compliant to use CableCard though.
I like the setup with CableCard myself. Been running this way for a few months and love it. I was running clear QAM with a pair of clear QAM tuners, but with the upcoming forced conversion to all encrypted and my desire for channels that aren't in clear QAM, I had to upgrade.
Simplify it by not using the PC for anything but Media Center if you can, and it will be pretty darn reliable and the wife acceptance factor will be pretty good.
The only drawbacks I've found with using Media Center are:
1) Live TV buffer won't be kept if you press record in the middle of a show (DirecTV's DVR saves the live TV buffer if you press record during a show, but Media Center doesn't)
2) If you press the 'ok' button on your remote, while watching live TV, it will act like you pressed the 'previous channel' button on your DirecTV/Comcast remote and flip the channel to the last one you were tuned to... this is particularly irritating if you had paused because you lose whatever is in the live TV buffer...
One nice thing is that few -if any- shows outside of pay movie channels have the copy protection bits set, so you can copy any recorded shows to a server /common location and watch them later from any Windows PC.