Cable TV through your Cable Modem

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    Cable TV through your Cable Modem

    Have you ever heard of some utility or project that can route the signal coming to you from your digital cable subscription onto your computer using your cable modem? They're both from the same service provider, so you think there is a way to do it without any extra wiring?
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    With something like this http://www.hauppauge.com/pages/produ...a_pvrusb2.html ?

    EDIT: Ah... this has nothing to do with what you are asking. Forget it.
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    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
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    Basically what I'm saying is, you think a cable modem would be able to pull the cable TV feed out of the wire going to it. Then would that said feed be able to go through a router.

    I know that PSP has there thing that can project your TV through wifi so you can watch on your PSP. That requires a special box from them, though. If I had that, yes I could watch on my wireless, but I'm wondering if it could go through my modem and router.
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    Considering modems interpret and convert the signals for their specific purpose, I'm assuming it would be possible with some kind of hybrid modem/tv box.

    Watching solely with the help of software seems to me it is not possible, because the modem already translated the signal.
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    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    I gotta feel that Digital Cable signals are barely, if at all, different than what a cable modem interprets. Considering all the menus and UI in today's digital cable... it just seems too similar. I don't know that it is, but this is what prompted the thought. So we can start a little tally here as to whether we think it's possible or not without hardware (by the way, it is completely possible with correct hardware to send a TV feed through the internet) to send your digital cable feed through your modem while we wait for a more definite answer from a source that really knows about these things. (cable guy?)

    Right now, it looks like:
    Possible: 1
    Not Possible: 1
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    Oh... It's

    Possible: 2
    Not Possible: 0

    I just mean that the modem must be special for any software to be able to use the information carried out to the computer.
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    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    What you speak of is wacky and frightening.

    It's really simple:- you connect the cable to a digital TV card that supports cable (some do), which is in a computer. The computer can serve the data over a network. Voilá.

    Digital cable TV signals operate on a different frequency to cable data and (I reckon) have no concept of a TCP/IP network.

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    Are we talking fiber or coaxial?

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    Coaxial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMurf
    Digital cable TV signals operate on a different frequency to cable data and (I reckon) have no concept of a TCP/IP network.
    True, simply put: place a HPF or a LPF to filter the different data.

    My ISP has this thing for a while now, they just come and install this box which split the different data.

    It's possible but unless you can get this kind of box you will have a hard time finding out what kind of electronica is needed to split the data.

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