It's done - the cable guys were here this morning. Surprisingly, setting up the CableCARD was the most painless part of the visit.
A little work in the basement (by them) to help out some signal-level issues, install and pair card.
Start watching HD cable in Media Center. Woot!
The painful part was getting the TAs running (one on the main box, one on my desktop.) Apparently, the B-team that works the office on Saturdays has no clue on how to provision a TA.
But, a call from the tech to the person who actually knows how to to do it right (on her day off), and both jumped to life.
It's quite nice, being able to not have to use the shitty Motorola cable box to watch a digital cable channel. I've always hated that thing's UI, as well as the inability to 'hide' non-subscribed channels.
Signal quality is great; channel changes take ~4 seconds (it was a little faster before we hooked up the TA.) Given what the tuner can do, I can live with the channel-change speed. I'm happy now.
And, I can record 4 digital-tier channels at once. This pushes my total tuner count on this box to 14: 4 analog (2 nVidia DualTV MCE boards), 6 Clear-QAM (3 HDHomeruns (6 working, thanks to Tuner Salad), and 4 DCTs (the Ceton.)
Last I heard, they are supposed to have another batch out in late October (I think?) Honestly, the best advice I can give you (if you really want one): place an order with CannonPC. They won't charge you until they actually ship; but, you'll have your spot in the queue. It may be a while more before anyone actually has normal shelf stock on these things (read: all of the backorders have been filled.)
Now, I just need to fix that damned HDCP error that MC throws randomly (gah!), and move the box, well, into a new box (which will be its own mod thread.)
*Edit 10/10: Fixed the HDCP error with a new videocard (upgraded from an HD3650, to an HC5450. Much better now (and, overlays are a bit smoother, too.))