6 tuners, 1 card; not as dirty as it sounds

Subject: Systems | October 7, 2013 - 03:09 PM |
Tagged: htpc, ceton, tv tuner

TV addicts and members of large families rejoice as Ceton's InfiniTV6 PCIe digital cable tuner card allows you to record up to 6 separate channels concurrently.  The $300 price tag makes it a bit of an investment but for those uninterested in online TV streaming services may really like the idea of being able to record that many shows at the same time.  Activating and pairing your cable card is not too difficult and the included instructions should be able to help anyone who does encounter troubles.  Missing Remote mentions that Win7 is the way to go with this card, Win8 support is in beta and nowhere near as reliable.

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"Six is a good number – even better when it is equated to the number of tuners in your current HTPC. Obviously it is possible to get by with less, but after considering EPG overlaps, a couple children and the spouse – what was an impossible luxury not that long ago quickly becomes a celebrated necessity. With ClearQAM disappearing and ATSC difficult to master in some markets, it is hard to argue with the simplicity that a single Digital Cable Tuner (DCT) provides. Ceton InfiniTV6 PCIe Digital Cable Tuner card includes the ability to use an M-CARD CableCARD to record any channel you subscribe to from your Cable TV Provider."

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October 7, 2013 | 04:11 PM - Posted by depressoiscool (not verified)

with these kinds of cards, how do you set them up? do you need to get anything from the cable or satelite company or are they just plug and play? Ive been looking over some of the hauppage tuners but they only support up to two channels at once.

October 7, 2013 | 04:20 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

mostly they are easy to set up but you do need to activate them, check out Ceton's page for links on common troubleshooting.  Most of your problem will come from the cable provider dragging their heels as they would rather you paid to have extra drops and digital boxes installed

October 8, 2013 | 01:02 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

mhm!

October 8, 2013 | 03:36 PM - Posted by brisa117

Keep in mind that Satellite companies don't use cableCARDS, only your local cable companies. For example, Charter charges me $2 a month for my card, but I also turned in my cable box which had a built in fee of $6. So essentially my bill is $4 cheaper/month.

I have the Centon infiniTV PCIe (4-tuner version). It's awesome and totally worth the setup! But be warned, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN! In my experience, the online chat people are helpful and deal with the system, but people who come out assume that you're putting a cableCARD in a TiVo. SURPRISE! They know nothing about HTPCs.

Also, last thought, some cableCARDS only support 5 streams. Be warned.

October 7, 2013 | 06:22 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I find it a bit funny a Canadian is writing about cable cards. :p

Though I do really wish I could run this...

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