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I tried to research this but I could only find stuff from 2007 or 2008... before digital OTA signals were permanent.

I'm thinking about getting this for $40 shipped: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4146194

Good deal or no?

It's either this or a PCI card one. The only PCIe x1 slot is being used by my wireless router.

Or I suppose I could use a USB wireless router and get a PCIe tv tuner...

Decisions decisions. Help!

Edit: Just to watch OTA channels or SD cable. Don't care about recording and don't have digital cable.
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Originally Posted by Krusher33;12697330 
I tried to research this but I could only find stuff from 2007 or 2008... before digital OTA signals were permanent.

I'm thinking about getting this for $40 shipped: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4146194

Good deal or no?

It's either this or a PCI card one. The only PCIe x1 slot is being used by my wireless router.

Or I suppose I could use a USB wireless router and get a PCIe tv tuner...

Decisions decisions. Help!

Edit: Just to watch OTA channels or SD cable. Don't care about recording and don't have digital cable.

USB tuners work fine. I use a PCI-E card, but I've never heard of any USB tuner not working. Especially not a Hauppauge. However, a PCI tuner is a little more convenient since it's directly in the PC. It's a matter of preference, really.
     
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I don't think I'm going to get it anymore. Can't seem to get the coupon code.
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Got my $10 coupon. Get the USB one for $40?
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Since no answer, I went ahead and bought USB tuner version.
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The only reason I would avoid one type of tuner over another is if it were software accelerated. I use Windows Media Center, which doesn't work with software accelerated tuners. But since most tuners come with some sort of bundled 3rd party tuning software it''s not a deal killer.
    
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Originally Posted by Stillhouse;12735633 
The only reason I would avoid one type of tuner over another is if it were software accelerated. I use Windows Media Center, which doesn't work with software accelerated tuners. But since most tuners come with some sort of bundled 3rd party tuning software it''s not a deal killer.

How to tell if software accelerated or not?

Edit: Says "Enhanced for Windows Media Center - WinTV-HVR-850 brings blah blah blah" of Microsoft compatibility list. Guess I'm cool?
Edited by Krusher33 - 3/14/11 at 10:24pm
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Yeah, that should work great. OTA HD will look fantastic, much better than QAM HD.
    
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how is your tv tuner? what would you recommend?
i was thinking of getting a usb tv tuner so i can have the option of moving it from desktop to laptops...


windows 7 64-bit, 4GB here.
    
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