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Windows 7: TV tuner - Is it worth having?

26 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
TV tuner - Is it worth having?

Sorry if this is a repeat or in the wrong section.

I'm currently thinking about getting a TV tuner in my PC. The pc is in my "game room" (spare room i call my game room lol). I was thinking about using the pc mainly for gaming but would like to use it for media streaming and possibly TV if it is worth it.

I only have freeview in my home as im not a believer of paying for extra channels for which most i wont watch.

Is it worth me getting a tuner or should i just bring an arial to my TV and use the TV's freeview. PS im using an LG 42" HDTV as my monitor.

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26 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I currently use Windows Media Center to watch TV on my computer, which comes in handy when the boss wants to watch her favourite programs on our main TV.

Providing you have access to a TV aerial and a co-axial lead to hook up your TV tuner to it you'll have all you need.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/w...s-Media-Center
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26 Apr 2012   #3
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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

If you like to watch TV on your monitor, TV tuners are good enough ! Matching with your needs and budget, you may opt for an an external one, or an internal one.

Most probably, the external tuners doesnt have the TV capturing facility.
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26 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Do u get any additional channels or would it just be normal freeview channels, if the later then i might as well just bring an aerial to my TV/monitor. I already have an aerial and booster/splitter set up in the home so i would just be a case of drilling into the game room and connecting. This will also save on additional costs of the TV tuner.

On the other hand i wouldn't be able to record etc unless i purchased a recorder.
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26 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

If you are on Freeview you'll get all the normal channels as well as any others that are available and you're able to tune in to.

I use Freeview and get my signal from the BBC's Sandy Heath transmitter and can get 91 channels - TV, Radio and a few others.
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28 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Hmm on my TV i recieve my signal from sutton coldfield and currently get 100+ with TV, radio etc
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29 Apr 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by customBUILDER View Post
Hmm on my TV i recieve my signal from sutton coldfield and currently get 100+ with TV, radio etc
A tuner can receive all unencrypted channels that your cable provider supplies, ie: all channels that show up on a TV without a cable box. My provider encrypts all channels over 99, which means my tuner will not receive any digital channels, but they send analog channels and also the local TV digital/HD feeds. That means I can watch only the analog channels and OTA digital/HD channels (local channels that broadcast OTA) in Windows Media Center. However, not all tuners are equal. Some tuners only pull in digital channels, some pull in analog and digital, etc etc etc. If your cable provider still sends analog channels, you'll need a tuner that is good for analog; if all the channels are digital, you only need a digital tuner. My provider still sends analog, so I need a tuner that does both analog and digital.
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29 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Here in the UK, the terrestial analog transmitters have been switched off so the only TV tuner required now is for the Freeview digital TV channels including some HD channels.

Of course, a lot more channels are available through cable and satellite TV providers, for which a decoder is required.
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01 May 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Ok thanks, i think ill get a TV tuner so i can at least record without having to get additional hardware. Thanks for all your help.
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01 May 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome.

Just post back if you need further help.
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