Originally Posted by Vchat20
Yeah. There are external tuning devices. SiliconDust has their HDHomeRun Prime which is network based so if you have ethernet runs you could have the tuner near a cable outlet and a PC in another room. Or there's a couple USB tuners. Each one the cablecard goes directly into the tuner/device and not the PC.
One very minor thing about the tuning adapters is with SiliconDust's device which is network based, it has a usb port on it to handle the tuning adapter so they both stay at the cable outlet.
Essentially the extenders work as remote desktop thinclients to the main PC you have the tuner(s) installed on. They just pull from the pool of tuners you have installed there. So if you have Ceton's 4 tuner device, if you have an Xbox 360 or other extender running and watch live TV on it, it will use one of those 4 tuners in the PC.
The nice part about going this route is if you also watch a lot of stuff on network/OTA channels, you can add whatever combination of tuners you want. Throw in an OTA tuner or two in addition to the cablecard tuners and have that extra headroom. And you can set tuner priority in WMC so network channel recordings will try the OTA tuners first and if they are occupied, it will go to the cablecard tuners.
From what I saw Ceton has an external device that plugs into a USB of a computer, eliminating the need for install into a PC. Since I don't feel comfortable opening a PC, that would be the route I would take. The cable card would go into the Ceton External device, which plugs into the USB. The Tuner adapter would also plug into a USB.
This is all speculation for me, something to think about. I don't record television the way I use to, there are too many things that sidetrack my attention to watch television like I use to, like my Roku, my iPad. TWC on Demand was excellent. I watched a whole series on Showtime on Demand by using my iPad. Got great sound via the Apple headsets.
I don't think Showtime on Demand is available for me directly, but it is via TWC. Matter of fact for a TiVo user which does not get on Demand this is an excellent way to receive it. Granted, you watch it on the smaller screen but with the Retina display you do get an extra picture.
While I'm ranting on TWC, on Demand, iPad, I should mention that I no longer subscribe to MLB Extra Innings via TWC. SDV made that a major headache for me, and by using my Roku I get full HD picture. Now I don't get Dolby 5.1 sound, which you can get with the MLB Extra Innings, but that doesn't matter. I no longer have the 5 speaker set up and have gone with the Bose Soundbar. It is not as good as true 5.1 BUT my set up had wireless speakers that were not capable of giving me the volume my sound system was capable of delivering. I had to take them down and recharge them every day, and I broke one of the chargers so that meant I had to charge them individually. Pain in the butt. I couldn't use the more modern wireless speakers because they require a unit it the rear and I have no place to plug that in.
My iPad makes it capable of watching the game in any room. Oh and it's 125.00/season vs TWC's best price of $179.99. Sort of a no brainer there.