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    Post getting Cable on TV-Tuner

    I've heard of many programs that will let you tune inot cable programs with your TV-tuner can some one verify this and if so can I gte some of this software. That would be sweet to watch HBO at school.

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    uhhhm...what!?

    Tune into cable ? like pickingup a cable signal with a tv antenna ?
    never heard of that, and I cant imagine how it would technically be possible

    Or are you just talking about people with tv tuners/softeware ?

    I think your asking about the tuner cards / software - this is a card or usb device that has an f-type / coax connector for cable / antenna, and then feeds the signal into the pc. the hardware comes with its own software to let you change chanels and stuff. You cant just get the software, you need the hardware. they cost about 50.00 USD
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    Most all tv tuner cards should be cable ready. All you do is hook up your cable line to it. There is no way to get cable tv from and antenna if that is what your asking.

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    You'd either need a cable line running to your car or a dish to pick up the signal. Either way is pretty impractical for a car.

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    Ok, I've got it figured out. Here's what you do:

    1)Get a webcam and run microsoft netmeeting

    2)Get a TV nearby and tune it into HBO

    3)Position the webcam so that it gets the full screen on your TV

    4)Connect to the internet

    5)Go to your car

    6)Get a cell phone and hook it to your carputer with a data cable

    7)Connect to the internet

    8)Log onto microsoft netmeeting and log on to your home PC

    9)Viola! HBO right in your drivers seat!


    Ok, if you can't tell, im only joking. There are many cool things that software can do, but pull a cable signal from an antenna is not one of them. If it were possible, cable companies would go out of buisness. Darn.

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    If you're talking about using a computer to descramble cable, well, it's not so easy. In certain countries, a respectably fast computer with the correct hardware can do it no problem. In the US, I'm told, it's not possible with current computer speeds. Something to do with redrawing lines and calculating their position on the screen... You need hardware (cable box) which can read a key and decode the signals instantly. Or something like that. Either way, in the US, I'm pretty certain no one has cracked the big cable companies... yet.

    Normal, unscrabled cable works like a charm, if you have a cable-ready tv card (one that goes to channels higher than 13).
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    just get a descrambler...look on ebay you can get new boxes for under $100.
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    As for the HBO thing, I used to do it at work all the time.

    I ran some web cam software at home on my server (high speed connection) and use a tv capture card as the source ( this way the connection is direct, you dont get quality loss because the signal is fed directly into the cam-server software ) then at work, i open up my http connection to the home server, and since the tv tuner is in the pc, I wrote a little app to let me change chanels.

    Technically since im the only one watching, and I pay the bill, I dont tihnk It violates any laws..... then again, napster, own the cd, mpaa, 2600 dvd, decss.....
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    If you already have a cable box at home, you can do the following:

    1) Take the conposite video signal from the cable box's output and feed it to your home computer (using video grabbing hardware)

    2) Use some kind of real time video
    scrabbling software to scramble the picture

    3) Connect the TV output of your home PC to an ATV (one that satisfies your range requirements with a given antenna) transmitter. Make shure that transmits on a free frequency (channel) .

    4) In your car, use an ATV downconverter to feed the antenna signal to your CarPC's tuner card.

    5) You are watching HBO without any impingement of copyrights, since you air scrambled HBO broadcast!

    An easier way is to use a cheap low power TV transmitter (dedicated frequency) and a skip the scrabbler software!

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    Gizmomkr 4 ?s

    1. What kind of card did you use on your home PC?

    2. Do you still have the channel change app

    3. What kind of card did you use in your car PC

    4. Will the same priciples apply to Dish network?
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