So I finally pulled the trigger and picked up a Ceton InfiniTV cable card tuner. I’ve been eyeing these one of these since I first heard about them a few years ago. But at the time of there initial release they were pretty expensive, round $400-$500 and they only had a PCI express version. Fast forward a few years and now the price has dropped to $200 and there is a USB version as well.
Basically all you need is a Multistream Cable card from your cable provider Cablevision in my case) and it allows you to watch and or record up to 4 HD streams of anything you can get with a cable box on your PC.
Setup was surprisingly easy, contrary to all the horror stories I’ve read online of people having tons of issues activating cablecards and dealing with cable company reps who have no idea what they are doing. It took only about 10mins to install and setup, even Cablevision (very much to my surprise) was quick and efficient in activating the cable card.
I still want to play around with assigning tuners to other computers in the house and using my 360 as a media center extender but so far everything is working great.