I am looking for a good TV tuner that works on vista 64 and was wondering what your recommendations are based on personal experience. The ideal price would be up to 90-100$ but ill spend more if its really worth it, remote is not a must...video quality is more important for me.
Well I have the hauppauge 1600, it runs about 100.00. I hear theres a 1800 now which is probably better somehow. Video quality is about as good at SDTV can be, not much better but not worse than other tuner offerings. You have the option of getting an ATSC antenna to view over the air (OTA) HDTV but you have to switch manually (press a button) to go back and forth from SD to HD. Keep in mind too that if you are using a cable box you're best bet is to get one with a IR blaster so Windows Media Center can give you the best compatibility possible. The 1600/1800 have IR blasters (pragramable IR receiver, lets you use any remote for your system, + the one with your cablebox).
One other thing. Make sure the tuner you pick has drivers for 64- bit windows. The tuner just flat out wont work without 64 bit drivers. Most recent tuners are, but make sure you check their support site before you buy!
the hauppauge 1800 or 1600. I think the only real diff between the two is the 1800 is pci-e x1 and the 1600 is pci. Just get the driver through windows update and it works. I don't know about the IR transmitter though, I never used a set top box so i didn't have to worry about it.