Digital receivers - how can you record and watch different channels?

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  1. ajf

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    Had Telewest cable for years now but up until now have also used a normal aerial if I want to record terrestrial whilst watching cable.

    However I got wondering, when analogue becomes obsolete how will it be possible to record one channel whilst watching another?
    In fact is it/will it be possible to record and watch two different cable channels too?

    I have wondered for a while too why modern TVs have upto 100 available channels but even with cable/satellite(?) you can only tune to the one channel and then use the cable/satellite box to change the channel.

    Andrew
     
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    To watch and record different digital channels you need 2 different tuners. This can be a single box with the 2 tuners in it, ie Sky+, or just 2 STB's. There is no other way of doing it.
    This is the same as with analogue though as you would use a tuner in the TV and a VCR with its own tuner, so in real terms nothing has changed. We just need to be getting DVD recorders, PVR's or at a stretch VCR's with digital tuners built in.

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    To keep costs down. If TV's incorporated tuners that could be used with the myriad of cable, satellite and terrestrial digital services that can be received in Europe, it would add quite a lot to the cost of the set.
     

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