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Looking for Cable Tuner


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#1 bigalexe

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:39 PM

Hello I'm wondering if a device exists to plug into an RF cable (for cable TV) and pipe that into a computer either wirelessly or via a USB cable. I'd actually prefer to have built an HTPC but as it happened it's no longer possible. So I'm looking at a way to hook up a laptop to the TV and get internet streaming content as well as cable TV to the display as seamlessly as possible.

If there's some way to control this with a Samsung Blu-ray remote that would be even better.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:19 PM

Hello, welcome to Bleeping Computer and Happy New Year.

I have a few suggestions for you to look at. The price will be higher with the more features the USB device has.

The Hauppauge WinTV DCR-2650 Below can allow the watching of ONE channel WHILE recording a SECOND one, which includes channels such as subscription services such as HBO, SHOWTIME, THE MOVIE CHANNEL ETC.

The link below will answer all your hardware related questions and what features it has.

http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_dcr2650.html

If that device is not to your liking, Hauppauge has other devices in different price ranges, this is a link to their home page. http://www.hauppauge.com/

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:31 PM

Hi

Just a side note, you'll need a CableCard for that from your cable company. I don't use that tuner but something similar. I think I pay like $3 a month for the CableCard in my setup and have never had a problem.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:45 PM

That hardware looks exactly like what I want. I'm currently looking at options for Logitech remotes in order to try and streamline the control side of things.
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:12 AM

Fantastic!

I am interested in knowing how this device worked out for you if you do decide to purchase it.

If you are curious if your computer will work well with this device, the top link I provided you with, has a link at the bottom of that page where you can run a Digital Cable Advisor program. This way you know before you buy it that it will work well with your system.

I personally think that service is decent customer support. :thumbup2:

Looking forward to reading about your experience with this device.

As James has stated, you'll need a cable card from your cable company for HBO etc. to be viewable/record-able, I suggest you contact your cable company first to verify that a cable card is all that is needed to watch those services and that they assign such cards to customers.

It does state that "On Demand services will not work with this device, however, if you have an addressable cable box, you can connect this device to the USB port on your cable box. I am not sure about using the HDMI port though, some cable boxes have an HDMI output port, I do not have cable, so I can not confirm this, but it is a possible option you can try.

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