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FIOS TV on your computer monitor?

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BlackNGoldRules
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FIOS TV on your computer monitor?

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Not sure if this is the right forum to ask this, but since it involves FIOS TV, I'll give it a shot. I was wondering how to hook up a TV Tuner card to the FIOS STB so I can watch FIOS TV on my computer? I read somewhere that it can be done. And, if I can do this, can I get HDTV through my computer monitor? I have a 19 inch LCD monitor. Do you have to watch what is on your TV or can you switch through channels separately from what the TV has on? If anyone on here has any experience in this area, I'd appreciate some advice. Thanks.
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It will depend on the desired results and what system you currently have (Mac, Win, Myth). For example, with a QAM Tuner, you'd be able to receive all the local stations and Public stations in your viewing area only. You'd be able to change the channel with your TV software. However, if you want to watch Premium channels, it will have to be routed through the STB. You'd change the channels with the remote to the STB. You could get an IR Blaster to send IR signals to the STB to change the channel via the computer. Of course there would be a delay of 1 to 2 seconds when changing channels.

 

I think Hauppauge makes a PCIe card that supports a CableCard. This would essentially make your computer into a true DVR. It is suppose to be designed for the MediaPCs.

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i use a dct700 digital converter connected to my hp m9177c which has media center and tuner and able to get everything i subscribe to. use it all the time to record and burn movies sports etc..
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@snowmon wrote:
i use a dct700 digital converter connected to my hp m9177c which has media center and tuner and able to get everything i subscribe to. use it all the time to record and burn movies sports etc..
He wants the HD channels.  QAM would get him the locals, but I think he wants to connect and HD STB.  It can be done at the very least with an RF converter.
 

 

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snowmon wrote: 
i use a dct700 digital converter connected to my hp m9177c which has media center and tuner and able to get everything i subscribe to. use it all the time to record and burn movies sports etc..
You record programs with it. So will the PC tune to the correct channel or do you have to manually change the channel to what you want to record. I have never used a set top box to record on Media center. 

@EndUser wrote:

It will depend on the desired results and what system you currently have (Mac, Win, Myth). For example, with a QAM Tuner, you'd be able to receive all the local stations and Public stations in your viewing area only. You'd be able to change the channel with your TV software. However, if you want to watch Premium channels, it will have to be routed through the STB. You'd change the channels with the remote to the STB. You could get an IR Blaster to send IR signals to the STB to change the channel via the computer. Of course there would be a delay of 1 to 2 seconds when changing channels.

 

I think Hauppauge makes a PCIe card that supports a CableCard. This would essentially make your computer into a true DVR. It is suppose to be designed for the MediaPCs.



The only cablecard  system in place that I know of is the ATI ones. But if you built you MCE PC yourself it will not work. The company that makes cablecards has to certify the PC for it to work. So the only ones it works on are OEM PCs like HP, and Dell. And even then, not all models are supported.  I almost picked one up before I found out that little bit of info.

 

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