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Lima January 18, 2009 03:06 PM

HDTV PC Tuner Guide
Hi guys,

I found this site -> HDTV PC Tuner Guide a while back and just thought I'd post it to see what y'all think.

I might be in the market for a tuner card soon and wanted to know if I could trust this sites recommendations and all.

sswilson January 18, 2009 03:15 PM

Just keep in mind that (AFAIK) we don't have cable cards for digital TV here in Canada yet.

Lima January 18, 2009 04:09 PM


Originally Posted by sswilson (Post 140226)
Just keep in mind that (AFAIK) we don't have cable cards for digital TV here in Canada yet.

As is, available for purchase?

sswilson January 18, 2009 04:13 PM


Originally Posted by Lima (Post 140239)
As is, available for purchase?

As in... you won't be able to find a card to replace your digital set top box for decoding the digital signal from the wall, so keep that in mind when you're looking at things like setting up a proper PVR.

Lima January 18, 2009 04:18 PM


Gotcha :thumb:

and thanks.

I had a feeling it would be a good idea to post.

Lima October 23, 2009 09:08 PM

o.k, decided to bump this thread instead of starting a new one. Need help finding a TV tuner, first time buyer.

I'm going to be plugging my cable directly from the wall, so no HD. I am mainly gonna be using Windows Vista Ultimate x64 and Windows XP Pro 32 bit. Just need something good and cheap. Being able to play HD well and Windows 7 compatibility would be a plus.

Cadence October 27, 2009 01:46 PM

bump, would like some opinions on this too, i was JUST thinking how I wanted a TV tuner for my pc today. HD capabilities or upscaling would be nice, but that would i mean I need to pay for another digital cable line possibly?
anyways, running windows 7 32-bit. update us on this! =P

lowfat October 27, 2009 03:24 PM

If you use a STB, don't bother. They all suck :blarg:

Canzara October 27, 2009 08:37 PM

I've tried a few different tuners, had the best luck with hauppauge.
Currently using the 950q, it works with Win7, I'm running x64. Also used it under vista.
I added the Antec Multimedia Premiere? something like that for remote and it all works with windows 7 MCE and I love it. Full PVR functionality, searchable tv guide. Worked without a hitch, Windows update even offerered a win7 driver update for it recently.
I've also used ATI tuners. Have had a couple but most recently my system crashed while watching tv (was running vista 64 then) and after reboot the tuner card was no longer recognized. It never worked again.
I still have it sitting here, it was a diamond and not having much luck getting anything in regards to RMA possibilities, but I haven't put alot of effort in either, filled out a form on the webpage and let it go. I bought the hauppauge 950q because I saw it on sale a few days after this event and never looked back.
Good luck. hope this info can help someone.

Lima October 27, 2009 11:27 PM


Originally Posted by lowfat (Post 278236)
If you use a STB, don't bother. They all suck :blarg:

What does STB stand for?

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