Go Back   Hardware Canucks > HARDWARE > HTPC Systems & Software

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old April 11, 2008, 04:40 PM
Nodscene's Avatar
Allstar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 960
Default Need help with TV Tuner card choice

I'm not entirely sure this is the right forum but it seems to fit here well enough.

I"m looking for a tv turner card for my computer that will support an HD signal whether it's from my Bell dish or I might even play around with some of the FTA stuff.

As it stands we have a PVR in the livining room that has a dual tuner which feeds the master bedroom also. I was going to split the signal from the MB to the computer room and hook it up to a 19" tv. Then I was thinking why not get a tuner card and be able to watch it on my monitor :) I figure this way I can also play around with the FTA in the future if I feel like it.

Chances are I'll be running Vista (probably 64bit) but nothing is set in stone as of now. I guess it's safe to say I might be running anything other than a MCE version of windows.

Any and all advice is welcome....not to mention needed :help:


EDIT: The ability to record is not really a priority for me. So I can live without that option if that makes a difference in my choices.

Last edited by Nodscene; April 11, 2008 at 04:47 PM. Reason: More info
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old April 11, 2008, 05:13 PM
sswilson's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Moncton NB
Posts: 14,523

My System Specs

Default

I stand to be corrected, but I'm pretty sure it's not an issue of being able to accept the HD signal, it's an issue of not being able to decode the digital signal without a set-top box like your PVR.

They have "cable cards" in the US which take the place of the set-top boxes, but to my knowledge aside from FTA gear you won't be able to get a card which works here in Canada so the best you'd be able to do is to feed the signal from your set-top box to your computer and then you'll have to deal with Vista's Draconian DRM protections.
__________________
MSI Z87I Gaming AC / i5 4670K / 2X 4G Gskill 1866 DDR3 / XFX XTR 750 / EVGA GTX 680 SC+ 2GB / Intel DC S3700 200G / random 160G Sata HDD
Inwin 904 / Swiftech MCP655-b / Alphacool NexXxos XT45 120 Rad / 2X Scythe GT AP-15 / EK Supreme HF / Dell UltraSharp U2412M

Asrock AM1H-ITX / AM1 Athlon 5350 / 2X4G Gskill PC3-14900 / Intel 6235 Wi-Fi / 90W Targus Power Brick / 320G Seagate Momentus / Mini-Box M350 / 1X 22" Dell IPS / 1X 22" HP
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old April 12, 2008, 04:34 PM
Nodscene's Avatar
Allstar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 960
Default

I know there is software that is able to do it but what I'm actually doing is splitting the signal after the receiver so it's already decoded. All I really would like is a recommendation on a good quality card that will output 1080i or 1080p which is preferably PCI-E since those slots are pretty useless for the most part. Well, not useless but there aren't many cards that utilize them right now.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes