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other than a pc is there a device that i can run my cable to then output that from HDMI to my receiver/plasma monitor? it would be freakin sweet if it also had a dvr built it too. i searched for hd tv tuner but didnt see anything i thought would work.
 

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TiVO? Moxi?
 

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There's this amazing device called a "cable box", which your cable operator might be able to offer you if pressed... I think that's what it does.
 

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There's this amazing device called a "cable box", which your cable operator might be able to offer you if pressed... I think that's what it does.

i already asked the cable company. without having digital cable they wont give me one. i didnt know tivo could do that, ill check into it.
 

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not yet, i saw the price online and im broke so i cant do anything about it for a while anyways but im gonna swing by best buy this weekend and check it out. i would love to find a cheaper option.
 

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DVD recorder with a QAM tuner and HDMI output should work, but you're limited to standard definition. Probably your cheapest option. The Maggy 2160 from J&R refurbed would be $160, and would work as a DVR (has a hard drive.) No program guide, though.


If you're looking for HD channels, TiVo, Moxi and a few standalone QAM tuners would work. You might not find the tuners in Best Buy, though, except maybe with the ATSC converter boxes.


If you're wanting a solution for under $100, don't hold your breath.
 

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... or if you already have a PC with enough "horsepower", add a QAM capable tuner for HD/DVR functionality.
 

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... or if you already have a PC with enough "horsepower", add a QAM capable tuner for HD/DVR functionality.

see i just got a new computer and have no use for my old one. i thought about formatting it and getting off as much software as i could but im not sure it would still have the capabilities. i dont know what would be required to run HD and display it fast enough. i doubt the graphics card that is in it could do it, i installed it before HD was even available in our area. it has a 160 gig hd so that could take care of the dvr issue and i could put windows media on it for the programming guides. if i put up the specs, could yall tell me if its capable and what i would have to add to make it work?
 

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I would ask this question in the Home Theater PC forum here.
 

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Add a tuner card to the new PC. Most software that is included with the hardware provides program guide functionality. I bought a clear QAM capable card for ~$80 from Best Buy. Problem solved.
 

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Ratman - He said he wanted to use his old PC, not the new one.


c_mack9 - Let us know the solution you find, after you get answers from the Home Theater PC forum.
 

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I know that.


If his PC is OLD, it probably is not the better option for HD tuning, recording and playback. Use the new one and enjoy.
 

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Add a tuner card to the new PC. Most software that is included with the hardware provides program guide functionality. I bought a clear QAM capable card for ~$80 from Best Buy. Problem solved.

one of my buddies said i can add that card to my new computer, then i can get a device(cant remember what its called) and i can hook that up to my monitor/surround sound in my living room and stream through my wi-fi. are yall familiar with this?
 

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one of my buddies said i can add that card to my new computer, then i can get a device(cant remember what its called) and i can hook that up to my monitor/surround sound in my living room and stream through my wi-fi. are yall familiar with this?

Maybe a sagetv or myth box?
 

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sagetv will not work for what i need, it doesnt have a tuner in it. im tryin to find out more about myth box but their site doesnt give a whole lot of details. thank you very much for your suggestions.
 

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Just buy a PCI TV tuner card with an HDMI output. That takes care of your initial concern(s).


If you want to use WiFi... then you have to buy additional hardware/software.


Why is every suggestion an issue?
 

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Just buy a PCI TV tuner card with an HDMI output. That takes care of your initial concern(s).


If you want to use WiFi... then you have to buy additional hardware/software.


Why is every suggestion an issue?

because if i have to buy a bunch of stuff that is more difficult and more expensive than tivo, i may as well just get a tivo. im looking for something cheaper if it exists and hopefully wont have to pay the monthly service fee.
 
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