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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by systemsdead, May 22, 2005.

  1. systemsdead

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    morning i am wanting to connect my ntl stb to my pc so i can watch it on my lcd monitor,problem is there is so many cards out there all i want to do is watch not bothered about recording to hd or any editing.any ideas on the cheepest way of doing this with a decent picture would be apreciated
     
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  3. systemsdead

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    still lost what did u go for in the end.cheapest i seen hauppage PVR250st for is 95 quid which is way to much,all i want is to watch tv nothin else
     
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    i havent actualy bought it yet lol, im a student and so im skint and waiting for some cash. if you dont want to record the second card reccomended in that thread should be good for you.

     
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    Edit - I wrote this before I noticed the quote above!!

    The cheapest way is to get a cheap analogue TV card and input using S-Video (Does the NTL STB have S-video) or Composite. The Packard Bell cards at PC world are good, I think they have a newer model that I got, but they have a lot less noise than my old Pinnacle card, the difference in PQ was night and Day. I paid £30 for mine.

    You also need to download a program called Dscaler, which will take over the de-interlacing from the standard software that comes with the card. This is regarded as the best de-interlacing program available and is FREE.

    I can get a more than passable picture on an 8 foot screen just using a composite input from my Sky box. Dscaler has a few filters that let you clean up the picture, but to be honest the Packard Bell cards are so clean you don’t need to use them. Although the Sharpness filter can help with a soft picture.

    Do a search on this forum for PBTV100 to see the card (I think new version is PBTV 200)
     
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    I got mine from aldi for 20 pounds its brillent it comes with Composite and s-video and they have had them in my local store for months (in chelmsford) :cool:
     
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    The PBTV100 from PCworld is the best Ive seen for analogue with Dscaler. Blows my PVR150 away.
     

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