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Re: What's the point?
said by 45612019:I have this solution and you are mostly spot on. However you won't get better video quality (impossible, it's digital video and bits are bits.)
Finally, a superior solution to use the Xbox 360 as a set-top box/DVR on any cable provider (including FiOS) already exists. You can get a CableCARD tuner such as the Ceton InfiniTV 4 (which can record/view up to 4 channels at once), stick it in a Windows 7 PC, and then connect to that PC via your home network and watch your cable TV on your Xbox 360 already by using its "Media Center" function. This solution is here now, it doesn't require subscribing to Xbox Live Gold, and it works great.
This CableCARD-based solution will be cheaper in the long-run, probably offer better quality video, and it will be more flexible - as much storage as you want to put in your Windows 7 PC, that's how much storage you get on with this CableCARD tuner. So if you have 10 SATA ports on your motherboard, and you want to put in 10 4 terabyte hard drives, congratulations, you now have a 40 terabyte DVR.
40TB DVR...eh ok. I have 2TB and no time to watch all that I've recorded. Besides to put 10 drives in your PC you need a really hefty power supply. Probably something like 1000 watts (just guessing here).
With my Ceton and 4 OTA Tuners I record all of primetime with tuners to spare. Nights with Dancing with the stars, American Idol and X-Factor are no worries!
Cable providers will never be allowed by the networks to do this. Trust me on this one.
If they REALLY wanted to shake up the market, Verizon could be offering their FiOS TV service over the Internet to anyone on any ISP who wants to subscribe. Deliver HDNet and NFL Network via the Internet like Netflix to Time Warner Cable DOCSIS 3.0 subscribers living nowhere near a FiOS area? That would sure shake up the market.