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    TV Tuner Card

    Anyone got any recommendations for a TV tuner card that will allow me to record somewhere around 1080p quality, needs to be quite cheap (i.e. around 60 quid) and preferably PCI-E .

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: TV Tuner Card

    The only way to record 1080p is if it is broadcast in 1080p, and I don't think any channels are.

    Pretty sure most HD channels are 1080i.

    So if you want HD, you will need a DVB-S card and a satellite dish (any old sky one set up correctly will do) so you can get freesat.

    You'll strugle to get a PCIe card, they ae pretty slow in updating from PCI to PCIe. Especially at that price point.

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    Re: TV Tuner Card

    Ok; well is there a system with PCI connectivity and aerial that will record in HD?

    I assume one of those PCI-PCIE bridges would work with it?

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    Re: TV Tuner Card

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcvs View Post
    Ok; well is there a system with PCI connectivity and aerial that will record in HD?
    As Funkstar said, you'd need a satellite dish and a DVB-S tuner to get HD cos they don't broadcast HD over aerials.
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    Re: TV Tuner Card

    There aren't any HD channels broadcast on Freeview (i.e. via an aerial). When there are channels, you will not be able to use any tuners currently on the market. The standard definition Freeview service uses DVB-T but it is expected that the high definition channels, when launched, will use DVB-T2.

    So buy for standard-definition now, and upgrade for high-definition later.

    (All current cards on the market now do support HD (and they do in countries such as France and New Zealand) but the type of HD used in the UK will be incompatible)

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    Re: TV Tuner Card

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    So if you want HD, you will need a DVB-S card and a satellite dish (any old sky one set up correctly will do) so you can get freesat.
    How many channels on Freesat are HD? I thought it was just one channel?

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    Re: TV Tuner Card

    BBC HD Channel and ITV HD channel. Neither of them broadcast all day and the ITV channel has very little content (the occasional football match or movie and not much more). The quality is very good though.

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    Re: TV Tuner Card

    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    How many channels on Freesat are HD? I thought it was just one channel?
    You can also get ITV HD, but it takes a fair amount of faffing around to receive the "red button" broadcasts on a PC, and given the limited amount of material available anyway you may well decide that life's too short.

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    Re: TV Tuner Card

    I don't watch much TV anyway but, was curious as to how many HD channels were available for free.

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