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Adding Missing ClearQAM Channels to Windows Media Center

We love CableCARD and its ability to give us every channel our cable television provider offers. Unfortunately CableCARD isn’t a possibility for everyone. Some people choose to go a lower cost route and receive their television signal over the air (ATSC) or via ClearQAM which comes from their cable provider. Windows Media Center offers great support for both of these technologies. When using the guided TV setup it will scan your signal for all available channels and set them up automatically. Unfortunately it often times will miss some channels, especially if the signal strength for a particular channel is low. However, one need not worry about missing out on those channels that might be missed on the initial scan. Windows Media Center also offers a way to manually add those channels back into the guide. Check out our simple tutorial for all the details. If you’re thinking about adding ATSC or ClearQAM tuners to your home theater PC then you can’t go wrong with the SiliconDust HDHomeRun or the Avermedia Duet.

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Josh Pollard

Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.