Overclock.net › Forums › Graphics Cards › Graphics Cards - General › TV Tuner suggestions
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

TV Tuner suggestions

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Although this may fall under another category somewhere, I figured that this thread could be close enough to be categorized under Graphics Cards.

Ok, here's the deal: I'm looking for a TV tuner card that I can use to watch TV from my digital cable line. I am using Time Warner Cable, and I want to split the connection and run a line to my PC to watch TV on it. I don't know if it's possible to use a digital cable signal on a TV tuner, or if I can get channels like Discovery, Science, Military, Discovery Times, or National Geographic (my main favs).

As far as I know I can't use premium services like Video On Demand or PPV, and I'm sure it's not possible to get anything above basic cable channels.

Anyway, am I doing this right? What TV tuner would you suggest (I'm on a budget, like 50 bucks max), and kindly inform me of how this works as I have never attempted to use a TV tuner card.

Thanks
It's Disturbing
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4670k ASrock Z87 Killer eVGA GTX 980Ti SC+ 6GB G.Skill Ares Series 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 Pro LITE-ON SATA 20x DVD-RW Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
LG 55" HDTV Crossover 2795QHD Logitech Wave EVGA 850 GQ 
CaseMouse
NZXT Tempest 210 Black Logitech G602 
  hide details  
Reply
It's Disturbing
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4670k ASrock Z87 Killer eVGA GTX 980Ti SC+ 6GB G.Skill Ares Series 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 Pro LITE-ON SATA 20x DVD-RW Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
LG 55" HDTV Crossover 2795QHD Logitech Wave EVGA 850 GQ 
CaseMouse
NZXT Tempest 210 Black Logitech G602 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 15
Would 65 bucks be out of budget? If its not I would recommend the ATI 650 tv tuner. It has a built in ATSC tuner so you can recieve digital signals. I have the 550 and it works great with windows media center as well as beyond tv.

Newegg link
ChemX1200
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6700 @ 3.6Ghz DFI UT X48 T2R VisionTek HD4870 OCZ Titanium DDR800 (2x 2Gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
3x WD RE3 500Gb RAID0 On Areca1210 1x Pioneer BD-RW 1x Asus DVD-RW Lightscribe Windows 7 Ultimate X64 Dell 24" G2410 LED LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Unicomp Customizer 104 Corsair 850W Mod. Cables Antec 1200 Logitech Performance MX 
  hide details  
Reply
ChemX1200
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6700 @ 3.6Ghz DFI UT X48 T2R VisionTek HD4870 OCZ Titanium DDR800 (2x 2Gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
3x WD RE3 500Gb RAID0 On Areca1210 1x Pioneer BD-RW 1x Asus DVD-RW Lightscribe Windows 7 Ultimate X64 Dell 24" G2410 LED LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Unicomp Customizer 104 Corsair 850W Mod. Cables Antec 1200 Logitech Performance MX 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
So the criteria is it has to have an ATSC tuner? I'll keep an eye out for one.
It's Disturbing
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4670k ASrock Z87 Killer eVGA GTX 980Ti SC+ 6GB G.Skill Ares Series 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 Pro LITE-ON SATA 20x DVD-RW Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
LG 55" HDTV Crossover 2795QHD Logitech Wave EVGA 850 GQ 
CaseMouse
NZXT Tempest 210 Black Logitech G602 
  hide details  
Reply
It's Disturbing
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4670k ASrock Z87 Killer eVGA GTX 980Ti SC+ 6GB G.Skill Ares Series 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 Pro LITE-ON SATA 20x DVD-RW Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
LG 55" HDTV Crossover 2795QHD Logitech Wave EVGA 850 GQ 
CaseMouse
NZXT Tempest 210 Black Logitech G602 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 15
Just a little bit more money you can get the Hauppauge wintv pvr 150... The picture quality is top notch and it will capture right to mpeg 4 which is DVD. You can set it up like a DVR and pause tv shows ect.. Comes with a handy remote to ..
I have one of these in my media pc in my house.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815116625
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
X2 3800+ Toledo@2.9 1.40vcore 290x10 \m/ Epox \m/ 9NPA3 Nforce4 Ultra XFX 7900GT 2x1gb GSkill DDR400@450mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
120gb Barracuda 160gb Seagate Barracuda nec-dvd-rw/optorite cd-rw Xp Corporate Edition SP2/GameOS 22inch NEC Multisync CRT 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
ibm PC Power&Cooling 750 Chieftec Dragon modified microsoft comfort 3000 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
X2 3800+ Toledo@2.9 1.40vcore 290x10 \m/ Epox \m/ 9NPA3 Nforce4 Ultra XFX 7900GT 2x1gb GSkill DDR400@450mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
120gb Barracuda 160gb Seagate Barracuda nec-dvd-rw/optorite cd-rw Xp Corporate Edition SP2/GameOS 22inch NEC Multisync CRT 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
ibm PC Power&Cooling 750 Chieftec Dragon modified microsoft comfort 3000 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 15
I've been hearing some good things about the ATI 650 lately. I have a hauppauge 150 and it's great. just make sure that you get the remote with it. I didn't get one with mine and now i wish i did. The only problem i can foresee is zap2it is going to discontinue their tv guide that every free pvr (myth, gbpvr) uses so searching and recording shows will suck.


EDIT: that date is September 1, 2007.
post #6 of 15
I have the Leadtek TV2000XP Expert, it's a very good card, especially for the money.

Not sure if it does digital, or if you'll even be able to use digital cable on the computer. I used to have Rogers Digital Cable and I'm pretty sure it required the Rogers digital box to work. Not an expert on TV signals though so I'm not sure.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Semp64 2800+ (1.6 @2.6) DFI NF4-4X Infinity x800gt (modded x850xtpe BIOS) 2x512MB Kingston (3-3-2-7) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WDC 200GB WinXP SP2 19" Samsung 920N LCD Antec TPII 480W 
Mouse
Logitech MX510 (RED) 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Semp64 2800+ (1.6 @2.6) DFI NF4-4X Infinity x800gt (modded x850xtpe BIOS) 2x512MB Kingston (3-3-2-7) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WDC 200GB WinXP SP2 19" Samsung 920N LCD Antec TPII 480W 
Mouse
Logitech MX510 (RED) 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Well that Leadtek card doesn't do digital, and the ATI TVW 650 is way above my budget at about 120 bucks. Well I'm looking into getting this TV tuner, which apparently handles a digital signal and has some decent reviews. What do you guys think?
It's Disturbing
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4670k ASrock Z87 Killer eVGA GTX 980Ti SC+ 6GB G.Skill Ares Series 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 Pro LITE-ON SATA 20x DVD-RW Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
LG 55" HDTV Crossover 2795QHD Logitech Wave EVGA 850 GQ 
CaseMouse
NZXT Tempest 210 Black Logitech G602 
  hide details  
Reply
It's Disturbing
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4670k ASrock Z87 Killer eVGA GTX 980Ti SC+ 6GB G.Skill Ares Series 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 Pro LITE-ON SATA 20x DVD-RW Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
LG 55" HDTV Crossover 2795QHD Logitech Wave EVGA 850 GQ 
CaseMouse
NZXT Tempest 210 Black Logitech G602 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 15
The saphire version of the 650 that I linked to was only 65 bucks and has great support. I would definately go with ATI over Kworld any day.
ChemX1200
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6700 @ 3.6Ghz DFI UT X48 T2R VisionTek HD4870 OCZ Titanium DDR800 (2x 2Gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
3x WD RE3 500Gb RAID0 On Areca1210 1x Pioneer BD-RW 1x Asus DVD-RW Lightscribe Windows 7 Ultimate X64 Dell 24" G2410 LED LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Unicomp Customizer 104 Corsair 850W Mod. Cables Antec 1200 Logitech Performance MX 
  hide details  
Reply
ChemX1200
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6700 @ 3.6Ghz DFI UT X48 T2R VisionTek HD4870 OCZ Titanium DDR800 (2x 2Gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
3x WD RE3 500Gb RAID0 On Areca1210 1x Pioneer BD-RW 1x Asus DVD-RW Lightscribe Windows 7 Ultimate X64 Dell 24" G2410 LED LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Unicomp Customizer 104 Corsair 850W Mod. Cables Antec 1200 Logitech Performance MX 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
But Sapphire isn't ATI (is it?), and I can't seem to find any reviews on that one.
It's Disturbing
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4670k ASrock Z87 Killer eVGA GTX 980Ti SC+ 6GB G.Skill Ares Series 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 Pro LITE-ON SATA 20x DVD-RW Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
LG 55" HDTV Crossover 2795QHD Logitech Wave EVGA 850 GQ 
CaseMouse
NZXT Tempest 210 Black Logitech G602 
  hide details  
Reply
It's Disturbing
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4670k ASrock Z87 Killer eVGA GTX 980Ti SC+ 6GB G.Skill Ares Series 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 Pro LITE-ON SATA 20x DVD-RW Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
LG 55" HDTV Crossover 2795QHD Logitech Wave EVGA 850 GQ 
CaseMouse
NZXT Tempest 210 Black Logitech G602 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 15
If you have a dct,,that black box hooked up to your tv,that allows you to get the high digital channels,,just hook the dct up to your TV tuner with coax.
It will work. just leave the tv tuner card on channel 3.

Otherwise,,,if you just run straight coax to the tuner,no dct,you will only get the basic analog channels.

yes,,,even if you have the $28 leadtek tv tuner,,you WILL still get the digital channels,,so long
as you have the DCT hooked up to it.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon64 4000+ San Diego 2.4Ghz Asus A8V-E SE Evga 8800 GTS 320mb 2Gig A-Data [1g x 2slots] 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80 Gig WD something or other 1:Dvd Rom 2:CD burner WinXP sp2 19" Realsync crt flatscreen 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
d'ya think? geezzz! 450w Sunbeam Raidmax Elite ATX-208 Microsoft Basic Optical 
Mouse Pad
got one. 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon64 4000+ San Diego 2.4Ghz Asus A8V-E SE Evga 8800 GTS 320mb 2Gig A-Data [1g x 2slots] 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80 Gig WD something or other 1:Dvd Rom 2:CD burner WinXP sp2 19" Realsync crt flatscreen 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
d'ya think? geezzz! 450w Sunbeam Raidmax Elite ATX-208 Microsoft Basic Optical 
Mouse Pad
got one. 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Graphics Cards - General
Overclock.net › Forums › Graphics Cards › Graphics Cards - General › TV Tuner suggestions