Most in the USA have encrypted all channels and no longer issue cable cards. About all that works today is their cable (decoder) box and a HDMI recorder. These are not cheap and may be illegal in some countries.
This isn't really about PC hardware anymore, but this seemed like the best place to put it since it's similar to using a TV tuner card on a PC, which I have done in the past. Quite a few years ago, I had PCs with TV tuner cards built in. So, I would connect the the coax to the tuner card, and I could watch or record TV through PC software.
Now days, I play more local video content or streaming, but I don't want to lose the possibility for watching from the cable box if the need comes up. But, at the same time, I have a number of devices, and I would like to eliminate the cable box as one of them (you know, limited HDMI ports, clutter on the table, etc.).
When TV moved to all digital, I think it made it where you can't just connect the coax to the TV tuner, and watch TV anymore, right? You have to have cable cards, and all kinds of other stuff? If that's really the case, I don't think I am going to bother with it. But, what I would like to do is buy an Android TV box that has coax and connect the able directly to that. Would that work at all? That way, I would really do everything in one interface, without having to switch sources and such.
Thanks in advance for any and all feedback. Much appreciated.