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    TV Tuners - Which to buy?

    I'm on a relatively short budget this year, having only $100 to spend on computer parts to upgrade my fossil. I will use some of that money to buy a new CMOS Battery, but with my budget, which TV Tuner would be the best to buy at a cheap price for a Windows/Be Box?
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    I bought TV Wonder VE for 49,99$ . It works rrealy well, here are some of the features right off of the box.

    -Watch TV on your PC
    -Interactive Program Guide
    -Capture video and still images
    -Schedule and Record TV programs
    -Scan channels at a glance
    -Zoom in on the action
    -Play audio and video CDs
    -Digital VCR
    -Channel Preview
    -Captoioning
    -TVMagazine
    -Video Desktop

    System Req.

    Intel Pentium or Celeron 4/3/2 or compatible ( it will work for any processor)
    PCI slot
    CD-ROM Drive
    Sound Card
    Speakers

    OS

    Win XP, Me, 2000, 98/98 SE*

    That's about everyhting.

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    I have run both the Winfast Leadtek card and a Phillips saa7134 chipset based card (cannot remember the brand and I have since given it away)

    Both run perfectly with Windows and Linux, although the saa7134 one was be a bit of a pain to set up under Linux, the Leadtek was auto detected (Slackware).

    Both are under $100(AU).

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    Win-TV Go is cheap and good; it gets the job done. The outs suck though 49.99. I got the Win-TV Theater, and I love it. It is 149.99 though. Both are made by Happauge
    You shall no longer take things at second or third hand,
    nor look through the eyes of the dead...You shall listen to all
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    I got a hauppauge (sp?) Win-tv Theater. It works under Linux and Windows and it works just fine. Most tv cards will work basically the same so just get one that has the features that you want and need.

    Here is a site with some great info on tv cards in general:

    http://www.tv-cards.com/faq.php

    Oh and if you are going to use this on Windows, I recommends highly that you get Dscaler

    http://deinterlace.sourceforge.net/

    And if you are going to use it on Linux, try TV-time

    http://tvtime.sourceforge.net/

    which is basically Dscaler with a different GUI. By the way these are viewing software programs and I will swear by them both.
    You shall no longer take things at second or third hand,
    nor look through the eyes of the dead...You shall listen to all
    sides and filter them for your self.
    -Walt Whitman-

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