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    TV cards

    Anyone know anywhere which has info on TV cards? I am looking to purchase one and the extent of my knowledge is "they make it possible to watch TV on your PC".

    No idea what the price ranges are, or anything.

    I need a real beginners guide and I thought you guys at Hexus would be my best bet

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    Re: TV cards

    These guys write TV card drivers for Linux, so it contains a lot of hardware/standards/tech specific information: Main Page - LinuxTVWiki
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    ...every time Creative bring out a new card range their advertising makes it sound like they have discovered a way to insert a thousand Chuck Norris super dwarfs in your ears...

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    Re: TV cards

    What are the main players with regards to TV cards?

    Do I need analogue or digital? (in the UK)

    Any specific cards I should avoid?

    That wiki was a bit general, I didn't know where to start D:

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    Re: TV cards

    dvb-t. try a hauppauge nova-t

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    Re: TV cards

    £40 is a bit mroe than I was hoping to spend, I'm aiming more around the £30 top whack mark.

    Something like this, perhaps:

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    Re: TV cards

    Quote Originally Posted by Link97 View Post
    £40 is a bit mroe than I was hoping to spend, I'm aiming more around the £30 top whack mark.

    Something like this, perhaps: Pinnacle 3010IX PCTV Dual Hybrid Pro PVR / PCI Express / DVB-T/Analogue TV Tuner / Whitebox
    Fixed the link in your post.

    Have a look on Scan, they have a good selection.

    WHat do you want to do with the TV card? Just record analogue TV? Freeview? Or run a media Center type system?

    Hauppauge are the most widely available, well supported and relatively stable. Although I don't really know of any particularly bad cards. Some of the bundled TV software apps can be pretty flakey, but if they have standard drivers you can usually use them with third part software.

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    Re: TV cards

    Link97 - could you please stop writing in blue in every post? Its considered pretty rude unless you have a reason to do so

    Cheers buddy
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    Re: TV cards

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    Fixed the link in your post.

    Have a look on Scan, they have a good selection.

    WHat do you want to do with the TV card? Just record analogue TV? Freeview? Or run a media Center type system?

    Hauppauge are the most widely available, well supported and relatively stable. Although I don't really know of any particularly bad cards. Some of the bundled TV software apps can be pretty flakey, but if they have standard drivers you can usually use them with third part software.
    Just for random TV watching rather than going next door to watch TV. I also want to be able to record what I watch so I can watch it later.

    @Agent: I have about 15,000 posts around the internet which are all blue, and you're the first to complain D:[/color]

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    Re: TV cards

    I would have said something about the colour too, but I didn't want to appear rude

    Grrrr, here is the link to scan which I posted before: Scan DVB-T cards

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    Re: TV cards

    I wasn't complaining Link97 - I've just had a fair few PM's about it

    Unless there is a reason not to use black, its a lot easier to read

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    I wasn't complaining Link97 - I've just had a fair few PM's about it

    Unless there is a reason not to use black, its a lot easier to read

    Cheers mate
    Fair enough D:

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    Re: TV cards

    I have used a few TV cards in the past but all have failed to match the quality of a cheap external freeview box.
    I don't get a good signal in the area i live and that signal was then split 4 ways and boosted by a professionally installed ariel and booster.

    4 cheap boxes coped but none of the DVB-T cards did as good.

    What I did find is the cheaper they became the worse they were ( I have not bought one for a few years so things may have changed )

    If you live in an area with good reception and depending on PC ( i found they work better in PCI slot furthest from fans with no other card close ) then the best i have used is the nova-T


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    Re: TV cards

    Another vote for nova-T. I do believe I will note this down and purchase it later, then.

    Unless anyone else has a fantastic idea, I think we can say "case closed".

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    Re: TV cards

    Some areas are still useless for digital TV reception, you may need a good external aerial to get any channels. I've found the small aerials that come with TV cards to be ineffective in my area (N. Southampton).

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    Re: TV cards

    I'll add my 2p's worth and vote for the Nova-T series here.

    Got both the standard Nova-T and the Nova-T 500 MCE edition and they work flawlessly whenever I need them.

    The only benefit of the 500 is it is a dual digital tuner, so I can record 1 freeview channel while watching another

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    Re: TV cards

    I can also recommend Pinnacle cards. The have good drivers and in my experience are as good as their Hauppauge equivalents.

    The main choice you need to make is whether you want dual or single tuners? Dual tuners are obviously more expensive and are out of your current price range. Just but the cheapest single tuner, I think Pinnacle do one for £20ish

    This one for £23.49 would be my choice, well within your £30 budget.
    Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T PCI Digital Tv Tuner Card with remote control

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