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Tuner Dongle

Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by ESA1178, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. ESA1178

    ESA1178 AllStar

    Dec 3, 2011
    Looking to record Digital programs from OTA on my PC.
    Can anyone recommend a decent Tuner Dongle?

  2. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
  3. Michael H..

    Michael H.. Member

    May 31, 2007
    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. PrairieTech

    PrairieTech New Member

    Oct 14, 2009
    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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