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E86 January 6, 2011 09:35 PM

Picking out a decent tv tuner card
 
I'm building a new system for a friend. He asked me to throw in a tv tuner card but I haven't had experience with tv tuner cards since my ati 7500 all in wonder haha. Just wondering if someone can recommend something that will receive hd signals and under $130.

Thanks!

enaberif January 6, 2011 09:39 PM

Good luck.

All signals whether satellite or cable are broadcast in digital now and tuner cards have not been useful for sometime.

lowfat January 6, 2011 10:31 PM

Yup, you are pretty much out of luck. In Canada you are pretty much stuck w/ capture cards if you want to record HDTV. The only decent one being an Hauppauge HD PVR, and it costs $180-$200. Plus another $80+ for software.

E86 January 6, 2011 11:19 PM

Thanks for the info guys, appreciate it. I guess hes just better off buying a PVR then...

Supergrover January 6, 2011 11:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by enaberif (Post 471593)
Good luck.

All signals whether satellite or cable are broadcast in digital now and tuner cards have not been useful for sometime.

My analog is still working for now but I believe come feb '11 the switch to all didgital comes into effect, effectively rendering tv tuners obsolete.

Tril January 7, 2011 03:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Supergrover (Post 471635)
My analog is still working for now but I believe come feb '11 the switch to all didgital comes into effect, effectively rendering tv tuners obsolete.

I think that's not entirely true. See : Canadian local over-the-air television stations moving to digital: August 31, 2011 | CRTC

They are shutting down over-the-air analog tv. It says that if you get your signal by cable, the change won't affect you.

E86 wants a card to receive HD signals so that's not analog anyway.

Varroa January 7, 2011 04:27 PM

I have 3 TV tuner cards in my house and they all work great. I record analog TV all the time and my cable guy (who I just talked to the other day) sad nothing about there not being analog cable in the near future.

Blu January 7, 2011 04:31 PM

Well this sucks...I just bought a AverMedia Averttv Combo G2 PCI-E Dual HDTV Tuner PVR S-Video Composite for my HTPC and was assured by NCIX the move to digital cable doesn't affect them what so ever :(

lowfat January 8, 2011 02:55 PM

If you use a STB chances are the tuner card will not work. I am pretty sure almost all Canadian cable companies use some sort of encryption for their digital tv.

Blu January 12, 2011 10:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lowfat (Post 472187)
If you use a STB chances are the tuner card will not work. I am pretty sure almost all Canadian cable companies use some sort of encryption for their digital tv.

Well that sucks :( Should tell ncix about it so they don't continue lying to there customers...


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