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10-01-2005, 12:50:35
I'm looking to buy a tv pc card. Pinnacle has a few, around 80. But there's the Hauppage TV350, which has a mpeg2 decoder (or something) on board. That apparantly is a lot better. But at twice the price.
Any advice?

10-01-2005, 15:19:00
I dunno, but here's a site with all sorts of info


Scabrous Birdseed
10-01-2005, 15:25:30
I've got one. It was a lot cheaper than that and it's worked fine, never tried to capture anything with it though.

10-01-2005, 15:28:36
I asked a similar (but not identical question) in this thread. (http://www.counterglow.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=19539)

You may find something useful there.

10-01-2005, 15:34:38
Can someone who understands hardware bullshit tell me if this card does what it seems to:


Basically this seems to allow me to watch all the free to air digital TV channels through my computer?

10-01-2005, 15:35:42
ok, forget I asked it tells me at their site


That looks awesome. :D

10-01-2005, 15:45:41
Yes it does!

I have to say that we use our TV card (an ATI all in wonder) mostly for console gaming. The PS2 graphics are awesome on a computer monitor, a bazillion times better than a tv.

10-01-2005, 15:48:24
I was thinking about using it for TV, I don't have space for a TV in my room but I already have a monitor.

10-01-2005, 15:51:56
We've used ours a bit for tv, works fine.
You'll still need an antenna for receiving the signals though, unless the signals are strong enough where you live.

10-01-2005, 16:01:11
BUT, one thing...if you get that card make sure you get a honkin big hard drive or two. I see you can record with the card, cool :D

10-01-2005, 16:07:35
Yeah, I do need a new computer too. I've got an aerial socket in my room so I should be able to connect to that.

10-01-2005, 16:10:03
Sounds ideal for you then

10-01-2005, 16:10:44

10-01-2005, 19:56:16
The one Funko posted looks good, but is it similar to this one?:


10-01-2005, 20:41:01
Drekkus...go to the forum at


and ask them. I can't tell just from reading the blurbs which is better.

11-01-2005, 03:27:55
The Hauppage PVR-350 card does MPEG-2 (and presumably MPEG-1) encoding "in hardware", freeing the computer's CPU of the task of encoding the video.

It's unclear whether The DigiTV does encoding "in hardware", but it would be impractical for a PVR card to do time shifting without it.

If capture and/or PVR isn't important, then there are lots of less expensive tuner cards out there. Some of them might advertise a capture capability, but the reason these cards cost less is because they do encoding "in software", offloading it to the computer's CPU. Compared to processors designed for a given purpose, general-purpose processors will perform less efficiently. In other words, don't expect much in the way of capture from the cheap cards.

14-01-2005, 05:52:35
For a good, cheap, easy-to-use card, get this: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-122-181&depa=0

If you want a remote, you have to pay a bit more: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-122-180&depa=0

Use Dscaler (http://deinterlace.sourceforge.net/) with it and you're set.

(I know that Newegg doesn't ship to the UK - I just posted those links for info on the products. You will, of course, need to find equivalents in the UK or wherever you are.)

14-01-2005, 12:42:29
It isn't just that...it has to work well with PAL and some cards do PAL better than NTSC and some do digital and some don't.

That's why going to the european (ok Brit ;) ) site is invaluble.

27-01-2006, 10:15:15
Did you get a card Drekkus ?

Just wanted to mention that I installed the Nebula one in my girlfriend's PC a couple of weekends ago. Works very well.

Wondered if the freeview had any relevance in The Netherlands.