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nedkelly
03-09-2012, 09:53 PM
So I have a amd Phenom x4 that im going to use as a tv box, the motherboard only has pci-e x1 ports available.
I need one that can handle Freeview HD.
So what recommendations do you have for me?

CYaBro
03-09-2012, 09:58 PM
How many tuners are you wanting? You can get up to 4/quad tuners on one pcie card.

nedkelly
03-09-2012, 09:59 PM
4 channels at once? That would be awesome

Speedy Gonzales
04-09-2012, 08:00 AM
The Hauppage tuners are pretty good. But their software is pretty crappy

jonovw
04-09-2012, 08:22 AM
use windows media center to watch and record tv much better than any of the bundled software.

CliveM
04-09-2012, 08:24 AM
The Hauppage tuners are pretty good. But their software is pretty crappy

+1

CliveM
04-09-2012, 08:24 AM
use windows media center to watch and record tv much better than any of the bundled software.

+1

Speedy Gonzales
04-09-2012, 08:39 AM
WMC is OK, but you'll have to have Windows 7 for it to pick up any channels at all. Vista wont pick up any channels, unless it was pre-installed (from what I've read anyway). Since, you need the TV pack install or something (which some versions of Vista dont have)

nedkelly
04-09-2012, 09:08 AM
Ok so which tuner? Has anyone got a 4400?

Renegade
04-09-2012, 09:59 AM
2200 Works ok for me http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=363588
I use NextPVR, even that has some annoying quirks like the context menu flickers so you can't quickly exit or change channel, and the tv guide sometimes takes a while to get programme details.

linw
04-09-2012, 10:16 AM
I've got a Hauppauge 2200 and it works great. Win 7's WMC just works out of the box with it as well.

CYaBro
04-09-2012, 10:27 AM
Here's the quad tuner I was talking about:
http://www.digitalnow.com.au/product_pages/Quad.html

psycik
04-09-2012, 10:27 AM
I'd go Hauppauge HVR2200/2210 as well. Paired with NextPVR you could record tv1, tv2, tv3, four all at once (even though it's only a dual tuner). With WMC you'd only be able to record 2 programs at once. Also NextPVR is free,m and developed in Wellington.

dugimodo
04-09-2012, 11:08 AM
I got a cheap HVR1200 which works really well with media centre, I'm not concerned with recording multiple channels though. I have a TiVo for recording, this is just for watching TV on the PC.
It also has FM radio which I didn't realise when I got it.

1101
04-09-2012, 12:36 PM
2200 Works ok for me http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=363588
I use NextPVR, even that has some annoying quirks like the context menu flickers so you can't quickly exit or change channel, and the tv guide sometimes takes a while to get programme details.

Even my Freeveiw box takes a while to get the Tv Guide up, on some channels. Could be a similar issue??
I'm also using a old version of Mediaportal ,TV & recording allways seemed a bit flaky on it, so I gave up with the tuner on it.
NextPVR is looking like a good replacement.

Cheers

Renegade
04-09-2012, 12:50 PM
^ Not sure. When I fire it up, the guide is usually a bunch of "no prg details available" for a while, then when the hour or x:30 ticks over, that's when shows start to get named.