we plug a basic RF Cable into the back of the box
looks like this
if we plug this cable into the tv directly we dont get digital or HD channels, that's what i'm trying to avoid on my computer
all right, solved my own question.
my cable box uses a CableCard to stream encrypted premium channels from Time Warner. the CableCard technology is protected and the content is DRM. the only way to stream it too a computer is to buy a computer from the company that makes CableCard, and a special tuner from either ATI or SONY.
too expensive and confusing for me too mess around with