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01-18-2010 08:25 AM
I will be getting FiOS Internet and TV installed next week. I would like to watch TV on the computer. I have an old analog TV tuner card in the PC. Do I have to get a set-top box for the computer, or is there a way to access FiOS TV over the Internet?
My computer is running Windows XP Media Center Edition.
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01-18-2010 08:42 AM
Yes you will require an STB. There are no analog signals on the FIOS TV feed, they are all digital (QAM-256). Even with a QAM capable tuner you will only get the local SD and HD channels (as these are the only ones in "clear QAM") unless you have a newer PC with a cablecard capable tuner.
The cheapest option is the DCT-700 (also called Digital Adapter) for $3.99 / month. Has no guide, VOD, or widgets and receives only the SD channels you are subscribed to (no HD cpability). It has both composite video with L/R audio and RF outputs, but the RF output is mono audio only.