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Hey everyone,

Not sure what other board to post this on and this on seemed the most appropriate. Anyway I'm looking for some tuner card suggestions to put into my sig rig so that I can watch DirecTV on it. External devices would probably work best at this point as I'm about to occupy the last remaining useful PCI-E slot with another 470.

Thanks for the help!
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If you can spare a PCIE x(1 or 4, can't remember) go for a Happauge 2250. Dual digital/analog tuners, to let you watch/record, record/record, I have one and love it- it plays well with Win7 Media Center and even has a remote in the retail package... As for external ones I have no experience, but so far I've had nothing but good luck with my Happauge tuner so I'd recommend them, I'm sure they make an external model. Also for the HTPC aspect, the 2250 is low-profile capable, and comes with the short backplate in the box. Granted if you're looking at a 470, then you're talking a full-height HTPC box... Good luck, I'm interested to see what you go with!
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a 2250 is pointless since he is planning on going from direct tv to the computer, he will only be able to tune 1 channel at a time with that setup.

Not real familiar with USB tuners, but you just need a basic one since your sat box is doing all the hard decoding work. Also, depending on the box, it may only output SD signal through Co-Ax (which is what most USB tuners are) or s-video.
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