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Old 03-09-2012, 01:50 AM   #1
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I'm totally new in HD tech.
I just applied the comcast HDTV cable service. They told me that I have to pay $10 per month to rent their HDTV box to watch HD channels. It's too expensive if I want to use it for two years or more. Can I get a HDTV box from ebay to connect cable from comcast? By the way, I have only one HDTV and I'm not interesting in recording.

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Old 03-09-2012, 11:12 AM   #2
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I'm totally new in HD tech.
I just applied the comcast HDTV cable service. They told me that I have to pay $10 per month to rent their HDTV box to watch HD channels. It's too expensive if I want to use it for two years or more. Can I get a HDTV box from ebay to connect cable from comcast? By the way, I have only one HDTV and I'm not interesting in recording.

Thanks!
Negative ghostrider, any equipment for Comcast service must come from the company. Anything purchased online will not work and waste your money. Your cheapest option for HD access would be using a CableCard device (TV w/card capable, Decoder, TiVO).
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:36 PM   #3
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Negative ghostrider, any equipment for Comcast service must come from the company. Anything purchased online will not work and waste your money. Your cheapest option for HD access would be using a CableCard device (TV w/card capable, Decoder, TiVO).
Thanks very very much for your input! I already applied the comcast service because I also need the internet service from them. Now I guess my only option is renting a HD box from comcast? There are also some used HDTV box from comcast selling in ebay. They are very popular so I thought these may work.
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Thanks very very much for your input! I already applied the comcast service because I also need the internet service from them. Now I guess my only option is renting a HD box from comcast? There are also some used HDTV box from comcast selling in ebay. They are very popular so I thought these may work.
Nope. They are all a waste of money. Every box we use must be in the system and on an active paid account. Anything you buy online will only render you a blank screen when you hook up.
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Is it possible to dump programs recorded on a Comcast DVr to computer, ext hard drive, etc.?
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Is it possible to dump programs recorded on a Comcast DVr to computer, ext hard drive, etc.?
Not using a copy function. What does work is to use a video capture device like this: Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Video Capture device
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Only on some of the old DCT6416 is there a way to directly interact with the DVR, and thats through one of the IEEE firewire ports on back, which requires you to find drivers for the DVR to use on your computer, and software to capture the image, which will typically eat a hard drive for breakfast due to non compression

Other than that, you are looking at a simple video feed from DVR to your PC and then using video capture.
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