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    TV Tuner cards

    Hi Guys, I was just wondering if you could recommend a TV Tuner card for me. I would be using it to watch TV once in a while, so it's not going on a media pc or anything. I'm looking for something in the $40 - $60 range.
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    Bobby

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    MSI TV@nywhere MASTER is a decent deal. Talk to phishhead about it. He has one. I have the MSI TV@nywhere basic version. Works good enough for me.

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    I personally wouldn't recommend it. the drivers are very finicky...and can be a pain to install in xp. also I've had some problems with all-in-one codecs like kazaa mega codec and the all-in-one codec seem to mess things up. From doing research the best card for the XP MSE you can find here http://www.hauppauge.com/ or the emuzed here http://www.emuzed.com/products_pci.html



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    Can you get a hauppage card for $40-$60??? If so, I might have to get one.

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    I know the emuzed cards are reasonable. but these are MSE certified and are hardware tuners. not soft tuners like the MSI.



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    I'd follow boogers advice and get a cheap Heuppage card because you KNOW it's gonna work. An analogue card for light TV watching is probably the best way to go. There is also plenty of decent software out there (like Cyberlink PowerVCR II) that will work with the card and allow for a few advanced features like scheduled recordings and time shifting.

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    Phish, how do the software tuners actually work as compared to Hardware tuners... do you still plug an antenae into the card and switch channels??

    Hauppage are a good brand with decent hardware

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    looks just the same but it will only work with their software installed.



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    oh ok, so to use MSi TV tuner, you are required to use MSi software... hmmm....

    thx

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    you got it. and its a real pain in the ass to install on xp. I mean in my search they have a tvtuner forum and the tv@anywhere has its on group.



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    Quote Originally Posted by phishhead
    looks just the same but it will only work with their software installed.
    So you cant install Cyberlink PowerVCR?? That really bites. Reader beware! Don't get locked into proprietary software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phishhead
    looks just the same but it will only work with their software installed.
    My MSI TV@nywhere worked great with PowerVCR II. It also worked well with windows media encoder, the MSI TVtuner software, and one by intervideo but I forgot the name.

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    let me take that back...intervideo is the company that makes the software for MSI.



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    Hi guys, thanks for all the advice. I can't seem to find any Hauppauge cards for less than 100$ though. Is that as cheap as they get?

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    Nevermind, i found one for $20 with free shipping from here. Is this a good card?

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