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Re: Will a cablecard enable reception of encrypted digital channels currently available in analog fo

Yes, and the silicon dust Dual can do over the air ATSC on an antenna for your HD and maybe the few if any clear qam channels. You need the silicon dust prime apparently for encrypted qam, it also should do clear qam, will not do over the air atsc. you need both boxes to do all the above per the AVS forum and somewhat convoluted literature

 

 

 However ALL DEVICES REQUIRE WINDOWS OS RUNNING MEDIA CENTER!

 

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Thanks MsRaye. Sorry, should've said "distribute TV signals over my LAN via SiliconDust HomeRun Prime" instead of "broadcast". Main concern is getting ALL my current channels delivered to and recognized by the SDPrime. Sounds like you're saying a cablecard/dta combo will do the trick, if I understand...
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Re: Will a cablecard enable reception of encrypted digital channels currently available in analog fo

There is no longer "Basic Cable" it has been renamed and split into 2 tiers, Starter and standard cable.

some might presently be clear qam but most if not all will be encrypted as well as everything in tiers above

 

Those bottom 2 tiers require a DTA, cable card or cable box that decodes encrypted QAM.

unknown which if any are encrypted.

as for "broadcast"... that's not a good word to use as it would allow you to send video outside your home and probably get turned off if it even works in the first place. It can be bypassed by one computer set up as a server

what works today, may not tomorrow...

 

Ok, this one supposedly will work and uses cablecard but it doesn't require a dedicated PC as it's a network device:

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InfiniTV 6 ETHInfiniTV 6 ETH is the world's most advanced network tuner for cable TV on the PC and a must-have accessory for Windows Media Center. It connects to your home network and lets you watch and record up to six live channels of HDTV on PCs throughout your home! Don't settle for only being able to record two or three shows at once. Restore family harmony and never argue again over whose show should be recorded!

InfiniTV 6 ETH works with Windows Media Center to turn virtually any style of PC into the ultimate cable box and DVR! It supports all cable TV channels, including premium channels like HBO®, Showtime® and Starz®.

 

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Will a cablecard enable reception of encrypted digital channels currently available in analog form?

I want to watch TV on all my networked PCs without installing a tuner card in each one and running cable to each one, so I'm considering buying a SiliconDust HDHomerun Prime. However, my current cable signal is only basic cable (and I'd rather not pay for an expensive upgrade to get 200 digital channels with nothing on). I get digital versions of local OTA channels, and analog versions of non-local cable stations (e.g., AMC, FX, MTV, CNN, etc.). Will a cable card working in conjunction with the SD HR Prime enable me to decode and "broadcast" the digital versions of those cable stations that I only get analog versions of now?
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