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Questions RE: TV Tuner card

Hello everyone,

I'm interested in getting tv tuner card for a media PC. Currently, I've got digital cable from a cable box, and ignorantly paying for HD channels (understand what QAM is now).

My First Question:
it seems all Hauppauge cards have a 125 channel restriction, so how does one get all of their 275+ channels from the cable box?

My Second Question:
I have digital cable so do I only need a card that supports ATSC, along with ClearQAM? I would like to be able to record either HDTV or regular digital cable onto my hard drive. I'm looking at Hauppauge WinTV- HVR 1800 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116015 or similar product but would like to know what internal card I should get.

Thank your very much, and if you have general advice you'd like to pass along about building a Media PC, I would love to hear it. (it seems all threads online about building a media pc were pre HDTV/Blu-Ray era) I plan to publish my work online when I'm finished.

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It's much worse than you expected.

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I guess I havent done enough research

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Hi Bob,
Ugh. Reading about Cable Cards, and thoroughly disappointed. I guess any effort to convert my current pc to a media pc is futile.

I'm contacting my cable company to see where they stand. From what I gather, I will be required to buy a pre-approved media PC.

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So far that's the plan.

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Every media mogul fears they HD content might leak out.

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