I got a letter in the mail today stating that my local cable TV provider, Comcast, will be requiring digital cable boxes for viewing premium cable channels. What this effectively means, is that my current WinTV TV Tuner Card will not longer be able to record channels other than the basic local stations. So no more SciFi Channel, History Channel, FX, etc. What I’ll need to do, is get a new TV Tuner card that has an “IR Blaster” feature (which is basically a wired IR remote that “changes” the channel on the digital cable box). So, I will need to spend some money to get a new tuner card and figure out how to make it change the channel on the cable box. What a pain! I can imagine the IR Blaster not changing the channel correctly and my TV shows not being recorded.
Using an IR Blaster method seems so archaic in a digital world. I’m wondering if the new digital cable box has a connector that I can plug into a new TV tuner card? I’ve got about one month to figure this out, so I’ll keep everyone posted.