Cable card in Columbus OH Currently have WOW basic cable and 15/1 internet.
I'm considering switching to a cable card based HTPC (already have the HTPC running smoothly, but no live tv/PVR ability on it).
If I switch to digital cable and get a cable card (and appropriate tuner), can I still use the tv directly to watch standard cable like now? Or would the TV require a box to access anything?
Basically, WE would use the htpc for HD watching and PVR functionality, but when others are using the tv (baby sitters, family, etc) I'd like to maintain simple direct tv usage.
Park Ridge, IL
The HTPC w/CC would become your STB for all non-ClearQAM channels available to you. You can still plug coax directly into your TV w/ QAM tuner and watch channels as you did before (assuming that was your previous setup).
reply to timropp
What Alex said. Feel free to come by my house to see that all set up.