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Tuner Dongle

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#1 OFFLINE   ESA1178



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Posted 21 August 2012 - 10:46 AM

Looking to record Digital programs from OTA on my PC.
Can anyone recommend a decent Tuner Dongle?


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#2 OFFLINE   SayWhat?


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Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:08 AM

This is what I'm using:


Mine's an earlier version though.
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#3 OFFLINE   Michael Hilley

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:17 PM

Looking to record Digital programs from OTA on my PC.
Can anyone recommend a decent Tuner Dongle?


May not be what you wanted to hear... but I don't think there is one.
At least not relative to the tuners in HDTV's.

I've tried to do the same thing over the years, and tried out the more popular brands, and have ended up returning them all.
They have been both dongles, as well as PCI Express cards.
I've installed them on a desktop and laptop.
The pricier tuners have cost $300-$400, with dual HDMI outs, and have performed no better than the $49 models.
The picture quality has been good, but the constant freezes/skips and audio drops, etc. have been a constant.

I don't know why a $400 card shouldn't be able to perform as well as the tuner in a $400 HDTV, but I haven't found any that do.

#4 OFFLINE   PrairieTech


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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:15 PM

If you can use a network device, Silicon Dust HD Homerun is great. Mine is over four years old. Using Windows Media Center on desktop and laptops to record or watch live.

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