Today I made a mistake; I bought a digital tuner which I thought carried digital cable. As I was setting the tuner up the instructions clearly stated that I could not get cable signals through my cable connection, only over the air. I live in the country so this is absolutely worthless to me.
I'm sure when I was looking to purchase my tuner that I read digital "over the air" but it did not hit home that this meant digital channels only were available with the included antenae.
I went through the motions of installing the Hauppauge 950. A screen in Windows Media Center listed the cable signals available, including our provider's digital service. I selected this service and was dissapointed that it rejected it because it was digital. Surprizingly enough the analog service showed up as well. I thought analog signals were not even used anymore. When the channel listing updated I viewed the resulting channels. I was very disappointed in the analog quality. The reception was very fuzzy, one channel just had a rolling image like TV in the old days.
I am 95 percent sure that I will need to return this tuner.
My question here is; could you recommend a digital tuner that pulls in the digital cable signal from the cable itself? I also would like to use the Windows Media Center software instead of other propreitary software.
I've done a lengthy search and really haven't positively identified a card that does what I need.