you have a 30/5 capability? we only have 'lite' (sub 1m service) standard (which supposedly was just bumped to 15m) and the 50m deluxe
guess it really wouldn't save me much money other than dvr rental and service fees....
In my case, seamlessly integrating OTA recording with recording of cable channels was the main impetus behind starting the HDHR/WMC project in the first place. TWC's PQ on OTA feeds has been quite variable over the past two years... sometimes downright abysmal.
They have... PCs can quite easily cross-share recorded programming... the hitch (a major one) is that it can only be done with programming flagged as copy freely. Also, the main reason I went with SiliconDust network-attached tuners over Ceton tuners is that all PCs on the network have equal access to the tuners, so each PC can natively and independently watch/record without needing to be slaved to another server PC. If you have the PCs, with the network-attached tuners there is not much need for extenders. I currently have two HTPCs and three laptops configured to use the tuners. Eventually I may go the extender route (cheap used xbox 360s) for places where I don't have or need PCs.
I wasn't criticizing your choices, just addressing Hikouka's concern since it sounded like he already had PCs available and was trying to avoid using extenders. The six-tuner SD CableCard tuner was never a reasonably priced option (always way more than the street price of two three-tuner units) and still required two CCs and two SDV adaptors. It never sold well (nor was discounted) because there really was no compelling reason for it. The second 3CC tuner I picked up was only about $120 and the two-tuner OTA unit was only $55. Another reason the network tuner was a better choice for me is that my main media center (family room) is on a digital island of sorts - I have no good way of getting wired Ethernet to it. A dedicated 5GHz bridge link works well fo up to three simultaneous HD streams, but if other locations had to stream across that link I would definitely have trouble. So right now I have one three tuner CableCard unit on each side of the bridge (with the TVs on each side of the bridge having having opposite tuner priority settings) with the OTA tuner on the wireless island side for the main media center and a ClearQAM tuner on the wired side. The bridge link can handle whatever is needed quite well with that configuration.
In any case, the weekend before Halloween was the last time I actually used my TWC 8640 box to watch TV in the family room, so that is finally going to get turned back in after a year recording in parallel with the Media PC. I mainly kept it for VOD, but I mainly used THAT for when the two tuners in the 8640 weren't enough. I don't really have that problem any longer since I upped the network tuner count to 6 CableCard + 2 OTA + 1 ClearQAM.
I had the opposite problem... the local TW store/office had the CC but no tuning adapter... I had to trek about 25 miles round trip to another office on the other side of the county to get the tuning adapter. All was smooth after that, however. My son is up in Raleigh and his experience was significantly different... the local office initially issued him the card and adapter but the card was bad (it was an untested unit that the person in line in front of my son had just returned). They told him that they had no more available in the entire region... he had to wait almost three weeks for someone to turn one in and then get a truck roll scheduled to swap it out.
Also... a slighty (more) OT item that I just want to warn folks about (although I suspect not too many will fall into this category)... I have (and require) two separate RoadRunner services at my house. I planned on purchasing two new modems, but only picked up one for now to keep the cash outlay in control. Last week I contacted TW to swap out one of them with the SB6141 that I had purchased. Well, after nearly three hours of being on the phone with various folks at various levels and locations trying to get the new modem activated, they came to the conclusion that if you have more than one modem on your account they either all need to be rented or all need to be customer-owned... you cannot rent one and own another. It's bad enough that it is that way, but to keep me on the phone for over three hours while they figured it out is absolutely ridiculous.
Yes, they are required to allow self-install:
I don't know how much fight you have left in you, but it would be interesting to see what would happen if you did. What may be the "gray area" is the tuning adapter, as the FCC document does not specifically say this must be allowed to be self installed. However, I think there is a strong argument to be made that if they allow self install of other set top devices these should not be treated any differently.
Other than having to visit multiple offices to get both pieces, I had no difficulty getting equipment here for self-install... and in Raleigh my son was informed that they are allowed one attempt at self-install but will not allow additional over-the-counter equipment exchanges if the first setup does not function correctly.
Two modems? Maybe to split processing between two machines (processors)?
I am finally trying Digital Phone after all these years. They just activated MTA inside my existing Arris cable modem. Cable Modem service has previously been rock-solid but since we turned it on the cable modem has had a few glitches. I dismissed it but now I wondering if 2 machines might be better.