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Topic # 201723 31-Aug-2016 18:53
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Gday All,

 

 

 

Never had an HTPC before and converting my old PC into one. It has an E8400 cpu and radeon hd 5770, Win 7 with Media Player Centre, so i figure it's got the grunt in the trunk. 

 

 

 

But I have no experience of TV tuners and was interested in what the limitations of this uber cheap Leadtek tuner are ? Would it do the trick if i just want to use Windows Media Centre for one tuner with a remote?

 

 

 

What extra software would i need ? (apart from that program that loads mheg guide into WMC - forget its name) 

 

 

 

It says nothing about h264 but i figure my radeon can process that?

 

 

 

Thanks.


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  Reply # 1620405 31-Aug-2016 19:52
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Ive happily used one like this for a while:

http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/components/video-cards/other/auction-1149265153.htm


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  Reply # 1620445 31-Aug-2016 21:18
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Most people who are serious HTPC people have network tuners like the HDHomerun these days.

 

That card will work fine, or you can just put a USB DVB-T stick for under $10.

 

I use NextPVR for my TV front end, but lots of people use Media Portal. Both are vastly superior options to Win7 MCE.

 

 




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  Reply # 1620841 1-Sep-2016 12:51
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Thanks for the info people.

 

That HDHomeRun thing looks good but in truth the TV is happy with its panasonic hdd recorder, i'm just looking to recycle a PC in order to give the TV access to streamed/downloaded movies (normally i just plug the laptop in via hdmi but that uses up a screen, making the "competition" unhappy!). But a TV tuner will give me an option to fiddle with recording stuff to a bigger hdd.

 

So if any tv tuner does the trick i might try that trade me one because of the extra antenna...


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