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Old 02-22-2012, 11:44 AM   #1
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I have cable (TW) TV, one HDDVR and one HD box. I also have a spare HDTV that I use with only the cable for QAM.

My question is can I buy a HTPC-like video/TV tuner card that will allow a "guide"? I know I can just get another HD box from TW or a Tivo, but I rarely use the other TV and it wouldn't be cost-effective to pay for a box. I use a Roku and Play-On on that TV, so I figured a computer to host the Play-On software and a "guide-like" HTPC would keep me from having to have my laptop on when I am using the Roku.

I looked at some TV cards and they all seem to be for the computer to watch TV, but very few ever mention a guide or if they will port directly to the TV without a monitor.

Worst case, I could use TitanTV as the guide, but then I would need to tune the TV manually...not the best answer.

Any ideas???
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:01 PM   #2
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Assuming you have a windows 7 PC that attaches to the TV this will work:
Hauppauge WinTV DCR-2650 Dual Tuner Cable Card TV Tuner by Hauppauge
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Assuming you have a windows 7 PC that attaches to the TV this will work:
Hauppauge WinTV DCR-2650 Dual Tuner Cable Card TV Tuner by Hauppauge
I've looked into those, but that is the kind of device I don't want. I don't want a cable card, I can stick one in my TV, but it won't get me a guide or easy tuning. That is intended to use a PC as a TV.

I simply want to use a computer to tune channels. Seems like maybe I'm stepping on the cable box manufacturers toes.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:53 PM   #4
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I also have a MyHD tuner card for another HTPC I use. It is unique in that it has on board HDTV video output separate from the PC monitor video output. It is run either from the PC keyboard or a remote control. It also uses titantv for scheduling programs to be recorded and has a guide for program selection. The MDP-130 has both an ATSC and QAM tuner. Because it does not need the PC to support its video, a very low power PC is required. I use a Compaq PC I picked up for cheap on eBay, for example. Here is more details: MyHTPC

I put that one together several years ago and I still use it. Now days the PC required can be had for much less in fact I have bought one like it for $30 plus shipping.

But if you are totally wanting to go PC free, I don't know of a device that will fit your bill.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:51 AM   #5
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Look into a Ceton Tuner. They have several models. They do accept cable cards, Get the guide online. They plug into your network via enternet. Everywhere you a have computer with media center capabilities you can watch tv. In addition, you can also view tv on your XBOX. Using your kinect to change the channel or your controller. But they arent cheap and will require some homework on your part. GL
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