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    Choosing a Tv Tuner card

    Since I do not have a VCR, I wanted to get a tv tuner card under $100 for my comp. I was looking at this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&CMP=OTC-C173T

    Or

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815117802

    The first has HDTV but the second has better picture quality according to reviews. Anyone have experience with these two cards? Thanks!
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    Any thoughts on these two cards?
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    I don't know where you got a comparative tv, but even if the second card is a powercolor card, it's still and ATI card. I'd probably go with the cheapest of the 2.
    Gilles Lussier

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    One has HDTV support. My currrent video card says it has HDTV out or something...what is the difference?
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    I'm also trying to buy a TV card, can anyone tell me if the 'Hauppauge WinTV PVR-150 Media Centre Edition TV Tuner' card has the built in Freeview TV channels? I've looked all over and nothing actually says 'Freeview' on it, just it has 125 channels

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    I'm also looking to get one next month. From what I was told it's all in the software. The better the software the better the picture and so on.
    John

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    From what I read, all tv cards will show 800 x 640 resolution, the same as your tv. Unless you get the one where you can pick up the high def signal. I have the IO digital cable , so I wanted to hook my cable box up to the comp so I can see all the high def channels.

    I think the hauppauge is the best one from what I read.
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    I got a " Leadtek TV2000XP/EXPERT" a couple of years ago and love it.
    Great pic qualty (full screen or a scalable window), a wireless full featured remote, FM radio, time shifting, PIP, and other features.

    It's the best $50 (now only $45) I ever spent on a computer and it has been working flawlessly since I got it!
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814122180

    BTW I have discovered that even regurlar TV looks better on a computer monitor due to better "dot pitch".
    I got a HD TV and to be honest with you, the pic qualty on my Leadtek TV2000XP/EXPERT is quite adaquate for what I use it for.
    Last edited by Flash; August 27th, 2006 at 06:07 AM.

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    mostly in software. the hauppauge 150/500mce is a good model because of compatibility. the ati theater 550p probably does have the best picture because of all the hardware filtering, but its hardly any better then the hauppauges.

    i hear the leadteks can be good too.

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    I just ordered the leadtek based on yours and the other reviews I'll get back to you when I have it running
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