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TV Tuner

By TheCase
Sep 26, 2007
  1. Hi,

    I have Windows Media Center as my OS, so I thought it will be a nice idea to watch TV on my PC. I'm looking for a HD TV Tuner, does it matter I dont have a HD Mointor? I am also looking for something I can record what I am watching onto my PC, and a card that will pick up Freeview. I have a spare PCI slot for this. Then when I get a TV Tuner I guess I can launch the software up and watch tv, this is for free, providing I pay for normal TV?

    Any suggestions would be great.
     
  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,693   +86

    Do you have a CPU that is 2.4GHz or higher?
    Do you have RAM that is 1GB or higher?
    Do you have 100GB HDD or larger? More like two drives would be better.
    Do you get HDTV broadcast to your dwelling now?

    Go to www.hauppauge.com They have HVR-160 dual tuner SD/HDTV MPEG2 hardware decoder which is what you want. I have HD Montior, you can get one but you should be able to use your standard Monitor.

    You'll need to get MCE supported card to use with MCE 2005.
     
  3. TheCase

    TheCase TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 99

    I have 3.40ghz 2gb and 320gb hdd 2 x 160

    I dont have HDTV now

    Thanks
     
  4. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,423   +7

    Try here,you need a cable connection to it.It's called a PVR
    Personal Video Recorder.
    http://www.leadtek.com.tw/eng/
    I have the TV2000 XP Series Model 3.Please add your location,please.
    It does what you want if you have cable TV.
    Comes with extra MMedia software.
    Get the PCI version.
    You won't get HDTV unless your cable TV server has it.
    Then install theirs,not Winfast.It's good with a wide screen DVI-D LCD though.
    Call your Cable TV supplier or go to their website.
    It's called a Table Top Box.
    You need a HD monitor,known as DVI-D LCD with HDCP.
    Please add your location.
     
  5. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,423   +7

    Note : I am not familiar with Windows Media Center.
    I am replying as an XP Home user.So that might affect my suggestions.
    I don't want you adding something Media Center already includes.
     
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,693   +86

    The size of the HDD depends on much you record.. 160GB is plenty but will quickly fill up fast.

    Don't need HDTV for now until that becomes more standard. Analog recording is just fine..
     
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