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HTPC Sub-£50 TV tuner card

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Astraeus, 27 Aug 2009.

  1. Astraeus

    Astraeus I hate computers.

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    Is this Compro card as good as I'll get for under £50? Needs to be DVB-T and nothing else besides with price and ease-of-use the main issues for me.

    Or also just seen the Hauppauge Nova-T 500. This seems a better option. Am I right in thinking that this will work with a normal RF aerial?

    Thanks.
     
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  2. Fazed

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    If you can find another £3, Hauppauge Win-TV-Nova TD500 is worth a look.
    Twin DVB-T Tuners, no analogue and Remote included. Free delivery at eBuyer also.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/113946

    lol...you edited whilst I was typing!

    Yes, will work with a standard co-ax jack.
     
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  3. Astraeus

    Astraeus I hate computers.

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    Thanks very much for the advice Fazed, will go for that one! :thumb:
     
  4. Nippon109

    Nippon109 New Member

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    don't wanna hijack this thread, but just have a couple of quick questions...
    1) what aerial does one need for TV cards?
    2) does one need a TV license to use these?

    Cheers as always
     
  5. Fazed

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    1. Standard RF Coax jacks, the same as you would plug into your Freeview box / TV.
    2. Yes, absolutely.
     
  6. Nippon109

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    Thanks Fazed
     
  7. thewelshbrummie

    thewelshbrummie Active Member

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    If you only need digital I'd avoid the T750F - having bought one myself I was disappointed to fingd that it's a hybrid analogue/digital card with ONE digital tuner, not two as advertised. It may do FM/video-in and have various other analogue video inputs/outputs but dual-digital cards are a better shout.

    I switched to the E700, Compro's dual digital card. It uses PCI-E x1 whereas the Hauppauge Nova T500 is PCI - the reason I bought the former and avoided the latter. Apart from the interface and bundled software they both do the same... I guess it depends on which mobo slots you have free as to which is the better card (the Compro is £56 at Ebuyer).
     

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