Originally Posted by kenabb
You can use a CableCard to pick up anything an STB can get. The problem is there's no channel guide or banner information as far as what you're watching. I didn't think that would bother me. I was wrong.
I went back to the convertor and I'm happier. There's just to much stuff out there to figure what's on and what's coming on especially with premium channels.
I don't know exactly what you mean by interacting with an HD stream. Could you explain.
When I say interacting, I meant how can I read the stream. I don't have a HD tv currently, and I understand the cable card to be specific to some TVs that accept it, which is not to say that I can use it in a computer. I had been checking out the pcHDTV HD-5500, and I'm trying to determine if when I plug in my coax-cable feed directly into the card, will I be able to receive all of the HD streams that are available?
Or, am I better of just trying to tune OTA HD channels? It seems like I'd get a higher quality feed via a cable link as compared to OTA.
The third option I had investigated, is to simply get one of the HD boxes, and make sure that it has firewire output, as per the mandate. Probably won't get that far.
I'm currently out in Pewaukee, and will be moving (hopefully) to West Allis very soon. I'm very interested in getting this setup to work, and would be willing to test with anyone who has some time to spare. I should receive my HD card (again the pcHDTV HD-5500) this week.