Originally Posted by ctbrowncoat
Thinking about trying out Spectrum TV Choice in conjunction with Plex DVR. If I understand things here, that solution warrants the use of a CableCard which Spectrum leases for $2 or $3/mo and a cablecard-compatible tuner such as an HDHomeRun Prime. True Story?
Furthermore, this hardware setup will mean that my TV is actually coming via coax TV cable (as with traditional cable) and NOT streamed over ethernet. Also true?
If this is what I want, does Spectrum still consider this setup "Choice" despite there not being any streaming involved? (Or is streaming ALSO involved in that I could also potentially and simultaneously watch my selected channels via the Spectrum roku app?
To anyone who has attempted this, I'm curious: is the picture/sound quality any better or worse when viewed via CableCard/coax versus their streamed/app counterparts?
Lastly, if I'm going to be trying the Plex DVR solution, is the HDHomeRun my best bet for tuners? Or is something else a better/cheaper bet? Is a TiVo box worth looking at instead?
Thanks in advance for any tips re: this setup!
I just recently did what you want but I am using Emby instead of Plex, very similar though.
You are correct you will need a cablecard rental (comes with a tuning adapter) and a tuner that handles a cable card. I would recommend the HDhomerun Prime over anything else. The reason being is that it is networked, so any device on your network can access the tuners. The problem is it is no longer being made. Plenty are available on Ebay, I bought one through a user on this site. I paid $100 for it, upon my ebay searching if you are a little patient you should get one close to $100.
I asked them about the streaming thing through coax and she told me it is still over the internet, I am not sure if that is true, they had never rented a cablecard with choice in my local shop but they did it and it worked fine, you have the option of using their DVR so no reason a cable card shouldn't be an option.
You are correct in that you can still stream over the internet using their apps, I get a few more channels when I use the Spectrum app over what actually comes through the tuner, basically they throw in a few for free. My main device (Nvidia Shield) doesn't have a Spectrum app yet, so I use the HDhomerun app if I just want to view live TV, Emby handles DVR duty. I have not noticed any difference in picture quality between the different setups.
One thing to mention, you will gain access to many apps because you now have a cable provider, for instance, you can login to the foxnow app, which gives you FX, Nat Geo, Fox News and some others, you can't record, but knowing that may help you in choosing your 10 channels, knowing you will also have access to those through an app. And also the apps on demand catalogs.
HDhomerun is the most versatile I would definitely look at it over any other device. Make sure you are looking at the Prime, its the only one that takes a cable card.
One thing you lose going cablecard is the on demand, well you don't lose it but you need the Spectrum app or the app of a network to access on demand stuff.
Hope that helps.