It appears that the tuner will not likely be a "PCI card". All of the prototype CableCard tuners, including the internal one all connect via a USB connector, the internal one only uses the slot for power and nothing else. Currently, even the ATI OCUR CableCard tuner in both the external and internal versions connects via a USB connector.Rob00GT said:I'm afraid I've allowed myself to get excited about all the "news" from DirecTV. The realist in me agrees with most of you that a PCI tuner card is at LEAST 18 months away. That just sucks... especially when "free to air" PCI cards are available right now.
When it does come out it will probably lack an onboard MPEG chip and rely on software and the computer's CPU to process the signals. That would be just about par for the course!
ATI OCUR CableCard Tuner Review - Page 2