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TV card??? Anyone got one??

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by w3dal, Jan 13, 2003.

  1. w3dal

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    Hi All,

    Im thinking oy buying one of these all in one ATI cards for my PC so i can watch a bit of TV in my bedroom.

    I have never seen one of these TV cards for PC's working and was wondering what you lot thought...

    Whats the quality like?? what ones are you using??? is it worth buying one or shed out a little more cash for a 14" TV.

    It will be connected to an Analogue aerial and will use it for laying in bed a few hours at the weekend.

    The one thats caught my eye is the ATI Radeon 7500 64MB SDR 256mhv with TV-OUT and DVI

    I look forward to your replies!!!

    Dal:cool:
     
  2. Messiah

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    Not sure that the one you mention is an All In Wonder card. Don't be mistaken by the TV-Out bit. That just means you can use your TV as a display device and not that it has a TV tuner on board for watching terrestrial TV.

    If you just want something to watcha bit of TV then why not just get a Pinnacle PCTV Rave, WinTv Go or similar to prvide the tuner functionality. These cards typically cost around £30 and turn your PC into a TV for watching on the PC screen (in a window).

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. w3dal

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    Hey Messiah,

    Im looking at those cards you suggest so thanks for that.

    Do you know what the quality is like from a roof top aerial???

    Cheers

    Dal ;)
     
  4. Messiah

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    No sorry, don't use one myself for terrestrial viewing.
     
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    The All in Wonder cards are generally very good but are expensive for what you want.

    You are also paying for the functionality of a digital video recorder as the signal can be converted in 'realtime' (depending on PC spec) to Windows Media, Mpeg, Mpeg 2 or ATI's own format and saved to the hard drive.

    The 8500 AIW DV also comes with the remote wonder (and this is the one I have) but is expensive for just watching TV.

    If you have the machine then you can get a card for between £30 and £70 wich will let you watch tv, comes with a remote and lets you save to the hard disk.

    Most products will take a bit of setting up to get them almost as easy to use as a standard TV.

    Cheers
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  6. w3dal

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    Hey RimBlock,

    Thanks for your reply!!!

    Whats the picture quality like on these cards?? can you post me a screen grab or too??? or maybe email me a couple???

    I can get the ATI card i mentioned above for £47.00 which comes with a Wonder remote and that seems like a fair price to me, its just the quality of the picture im concerned about.....

    It will be connected to a decent aerial from the roof"""

    Thanks Again!!

    Dal
     
  7. alextgreen

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    Get a Hauppage USB TV. Quite nice little toys and means you don't have to worry when upgrading your graphics card.
     
  8. RimBlock

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    Send me your email address to RimBlock@hotmail.com and I will send a couple to the sent from address.

    I have two but they are too big to attach and I havent got a web site sorted at the moment.

    Cheers
    RB
     
  9. w3dal

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    RimBlock - Hotmail says your address does not excist????

    So here is mine - dal_ramsay@hotmail.com


    alextgreen - cheers for the info will have a look into those cards, USB would be a bonus saves me taking my pc apart!!

    Cheers for the replys!!

    Dal :rolleyes:
     
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    I think I have a dedicated tv tuner card knocking about which i've never used as I couldnt find any xp drivers for it.

    Its a couple of years old but should be more than fine for watching stuff on your pc.

    Yours for £15 if you want it.
     
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