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Topic # 146600 23-May-2014 10:25
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i need a dual tuner card asap for DVBT but have no idea whats reliable easy to use...  USB?? PCIE? want something that will work seamlessly with W7 media center and also xbmc/mediaportal maybe. was maybe looking at the avermedia twinstar at $115 but there seems to be loads of USB ones which are cheap. are they only single channel??
its going on my mums sandy bridge I3 based system which is currently using xbmc but now shes dumped sky i need to install a freeview system into it...
any suggestions appreciated.

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  Reply # 1051592 23-May-2014 10:43
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Hauppauge HVR2200. 2210 is the same but has a remote.
Edit: it appears it might be hard to get hold of now, the twinstar should be fine too.

I'd go PCIe. USB tuners are usually fine, but you need to be careful of power draw on the USB. Sometimes they need a powered hub to work.

Don't bother with WMC. If you go with just about any other solution you'll be able to watch/record all channels on two frequencies with two tuners that's about 7 channels at once. I have a 2210 and a avermedia USB tuner and I never have to choose, with 3 tuners I can watch/record nearly every channel at once.

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  Reply # 1057608 1-Jun-2014 16:30
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If you want some thing cheap to play I have one of these works perfectlly


Any thing is better than WMC on linux you can use mythtv or tvheadend
I think media portal is one of the better windows options

You can still use xbmc as a front end to these | Search NZ streaming sites

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